Philippians 2:13 "...for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. "
What does that mean anyway? It sounds nice. But what does it mean?
I have a bible verse that is sent to me via email every day at work. Yesterday it was Phil. 2:13. But a different translation. This time it was the New Living Translation I was reading and all of a sudden the light went on.
"For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants."
1. God is at work in me.
2. First he helps me to want to obey him.
3. Then he helps me to obey him.
How simple is that? It really doesn't have much to do with "me" at all, except that I have to cooperate with God in his work. Cool. All I have to do is give my will over to him. He'll do the rest.
No wonder I've had such struggles! I thought it was all on my shoulders.
He says elsewhere (John 15), "If you love me, you will obey me."
This evokes striving in me as a stand alone verse, but coupled with Phil 2:13, I can see that I should not be striving at all. If I love him, I will rest in him.
If I am in a loving relationship with him - then he will help me first of all to want to do it his way, and then he will be there with me to help me follow through. I don't have to do anything. Except co-operate.
How cool is that?
All I have to do is JOIN HIM IN HIS WORK. The work he's already doing. It's not my work. It's his work. And I can rely on his strength!
So THAT'S how it's supposed to work!
(P.S. Happy Birthday, Bren!)