We Are Paid To Work For Him
I had a conversation with one of my colleagues a few weeks back and I was struck in my heart by one of his sayings when he emphasized on the fact that we were employed into the organization for no other purpose than this, but to work.
Bible Text: “…He bought you for a price” – 1 Cor.6v20 (NKJV)
As Christians bringing to bear this saying, I came to an understanding of this truth that in accordance with 1 Cor. 6 v 20 (NKJV) which says
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
We were bought at high cost and price through the sacrificial life of Christ Jesus who learned obedience to the will of God (Phil.2v8), through his suffering even unto his death on the cross of Calvary that we may be called His beloved once and ever more (Heb.10 v 10, Rom.6 v 10).
In Eph.2 vs 8-9 (GNT )which says
“For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it”
reveals to us that we need not work to attain the free salvation gift, thanks be unto God for His priceless gift as testified by brother Paul in 2Cor.9v15. However, Phil. 2 v 12 (GNT) says
“So then, dear friends, as you always obeyed me when I was with you, it is even more important that you obey me now while I am away from you. Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation”,
which urges us to work out this very salvation that we have received freely with the fear of God, watchfulness and prayerful living. This is to ensure that we may not miss the mark as others have (1 Tim.1 v 6; 6 v 21).
Furthermore, this could connote working out in yielding our lives unto God that He would manifest of Himself through us to birth forth godly fruits, gifts and characters of the spirit; being a blessing lives with our lives by living in a pattern worthy of the gospel (Phil.1 v 27, 2 Peter 2:21); working towards a deep intimacy, fellowship with the Lord in His word, prayer and walk with the Holy Spirit amongst many others. Of course, this cannot be achieved by human flesh or might as affirmed in Zech. 4 v 6 and as prophesied of the life of Christ Jesus in Isa. 9 v 7c (GNT) which says
“The Lord Almighty is determined to do all this.”
A clear biblical example could be seen in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25 vs 14 -30), as we could see that these men were all redeemed through Christ Jesus, but were given a measure of faith, grace and purpose to work out their salvation, that through their lives and destinies would become an excellency of joy and blessings unto their generation. Unfortunately, only one man failed to work out his salvation, the man with 1 talent and we all known the end of him as seen in Matt. 25 v 30.
Another example could be seen in the parable of the ten virgins who were bestowed with the task of carrying their lamp and ensure the light of Christ shined through them by the working daily: oiling of their lamp (through praying, reading and meditating in the word, seeking out the lost souls). Of all the virgins, 5 virgins were seen as foolish in the sight of God as they did not effectively redeem the time Christ availed unto them (Eph.5 v 16).
In conclusion, Rom.6 v 19 says
“I use everyday language because of the weakness of your natural selves. At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes. In the same way, you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness for holy purposes.”
This urges us that just we were in the world, working out sin which would have led to our death, we should work with even more deeper tenacity that we, having been redeemed from the grasp of sin would use same members (our whole being – spirit, soul and body) in working out righteousness unto holiness that would bring uttermost glory, praise and honor to God (Isa. 43 v 21).
Love you all so much