Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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. Philippians 2:12
“While I’m gone, I want you to be on your best behavior.” Has anyone ever said that to you? This is what Paul means when he gives us the directive to “work out our salvation” even when he is not around.
A pastor is successful when he trains his flock to love the Lord, share their faith, and minister to others when no one else is looking. It’s the true test of a person’s walk with God.
So, how are you doing? How much do you leave for a tip when there is no one around to impress? How fast do you drive when the speed limit says 35 and you’re running late? What happens when you’re alone on a business trip, and there are free movies in your hotel room?
When was the last time you did something nice for someone who could never pay you back and no one would ever know about it? Do you just talk the talk? Or do you walk the walk?