To Will and Do, So Let's Do
There are two passages that have been running through my mind lately, and today one of them showed up on the YouVersion’s Bible App “Verse of the Day” (as a side note, if you don’t receive those, I recommend it, it’s a great reminder to spend time in the Word) so I thought I’d take that as a push to go ahead and share these thoughts.
Here are the two passages:
Philippians 2:12,13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Here is how I read this in my words, “Do what Jesus calls us to do, when people are watching or cheering, but also if no one sees or gives regard to it. Walk your faith story with God, with a sense of reverential awe. After all, it is the Creator of Creation who you’re on the journey with, that’s worth some healthy doses of awe! BUT TAKE HEART, it is HIM who both stirs in us a will to follow Him, and HIM who gives us the strength to DO what He’s called us to. When we walk that out, it makes Him really happy.”
Super cool passage.
Now let’s allow that passage to take us into this next one.
James 1:22-25 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Again, my words for how I read this passage. “We have to walk out the things the Bible talks about, and the things God calls us to; we can’t just learn about them and know about them for the sake of knowledge. If we try to, we’re just kidding ourselves that anything meaningful is going on. When we learn but don’t apply, we look silly and foolish. Yet when we learn and choose to walk it out, and apply the things God shows us through His Word, we walk around as some of the most blessed and happy people around. What could be better than walking with Jesus, and empowered to serve and love the world like He did!?”
Another, really cool passage.
So, how do these two come together? Well, I think they connect pretty plainly. Yet, what it looks like, and how we choose to walk in it, can feel a bit more tricky.
Jesus has made a way for us to walk right there with Him, in His plans through us for the sake of our communities. That is so cool! It is also so worth our time, attention, and efforts. Just walking in it, is payment enough, we don’t need to wait for others to cheer us on. Encouragement is awesome, we should go out of our way to offer it, but we don’t need it to take a step.
In fact, our ability to walk this out, even our ability to WANT TO walk this out, comes from Him. He is able, so we can do this.
We need to be honest with ourselves and others though, a life with Jesus looks like something. It’s not about holding a bunch of answers or information, it is only truly shown through a life lived.
So my friends, let’s trust Jesus to place the will in us, and give us the strength to do everything He’s called us to; but for crying out loud, let’s actually do it!
Love you guys, and I’m cheering you on!
- Daniel Sabo