Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13 NRSV)
As we move from our Lenten journey into Holy Week, I want to suggest one more topic for reflection, our salvation.
Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, urges them to “work out their salvation with fear and trembling.” I find comfort in these words because I believe that our salvation is something not to take lightly or for granted.
John Wesley would often greet people with the question: “How is it with your soul?” In other words, what is the state of your relationship with God? I have learned that the answer lies with how much attention I have been giving to the disciplines of Study of scripture and Prayer. As we have explored over the course of this Lenten journey, it all boils down to our connections, with each other, with Christ, and with God.
Too often we try to jump from Palm Sunday to Easter, skipping over the events in between. It is because of those events that there is an Easter to celebrate. As this season of Lent leads us into Holy Week, spend some time exploring how it is with your soul. Our journey through Lent has prepared us to walk with Christ from Palm Sunday to Easter morning. As part of your study this week, go to one of the Gospels and relive that journey that Jesus made for us, a journey that has given us new life.
Holy God, we give ourselves to your leadership this week as we remember the passion of your Son, the Christ. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!