God Active and Effective in and Through Us (Mon. Oct. 24)

The word for the day is “work.”  In today’s reading of Philippians 2:12-16, St. Paul speaks of active striving.  We know that it takes concerted effort to achieve any worthwhile goal.  But the surprise of this reading is the object of our endeavors.  Paul writes, “… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (vs. 12).  What?  Isn’t salvation a “free gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:9)?  So is Paul contradicting himself?  What, indeed, is St. Paul saying? The English word “work out” is a good translation of the Greek word that means “to accomplish fully” (Strong’s 2716, 135).  The adverbial phrase “with fear and trembling” adds to the idea of effective action.…

God Active and Effective in Us (Mon. Nov. 1)

The word for the day is “work.”  In today’s reading of Philippians 2:12-16, St. Paul speaks of active striving. We know that to achieve any worthwhile goal, we must make a concerted effort. But the surprise of this reading is the object of our endeavor.  Paul writes, “… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (vs. 12).  What? Isn’t salvation a “free gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:9?.  So is Paul contradicting himself? What indeed is St. Paul saying? The English phrase “work out” is a good translation of the Greek word that means “to accomplish fully” (Strong’s 2716, 135).  The adverbial phrase “with fear and trembling” adds to the idea of…

God Active and Effective in Us (Mon. Oct. 19)

The word for the day is “work.”  In today’s reading of Philippians 2:12-16, St. Paul speaks of active striving. We know that to achieve any worthwhile goal, we must make a concerted effort. But the surprise of this reading is the object of our endeavor.  Paul writes, “… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (vs. 12).  What? Isn’t salvation a “free gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:9?.  So is Paul contradicting himself? What indeed is St. Paul saying? The English phrase “work out” is a good translation of the Greek word that means “to accomplish fully” (Strong’s 2716, 135).  The adverbial phrase “with fear and trembling” adds to the idea of…