Coco loves GOD very dearly. He had been her Dad since hers left herself and her Mom when she was 4 years old. ‘Daddy J‘ as she fondly called Him had come through for her severally. Now, she was literally Abba’s Beloved as she went around with the stamp. I mean her notepads, totebag, phone pouch and all screamed the name.
Coco was of the opinion that Christ had paid every price needed to be paid. So, she didn’t see any reason why she should do what the other Christian folks did. She always said, “Daddy J won the victory for me already. He told me to enter His rest too. Why then should I be bothered with all these activities?”
Is Coco right though? Let’s find out . . .
When you saw the title of the Blog Series, ‘Work It Out’, what came to your mind?
P.S: This is not a rhetorical question. I will really love to know. Please take a minute and leave me a response in the comment section below. Thank you!
Whatever it is you thought it was going to be about, you’re going to find out what GOD had in mind right about now . . .
When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “It is finished!” That is, all sickness, sin, shame, death and what have you is finished. Entering God’s rest does not mean you won’t do anything at all. It is not a passive place believers come into but is a place of activity still. You rest from your fruitless works though.
What I mean by fruitless works is summed up in us trying to earn righteousness in God’s eyes. He sees us as righteous already because of Jesus’s finished work on the cross. Entering God’s rest is laying aside all our work and resting in Him and His already completed work. This does not mean that you will not have to do anything again. It just means that when you do anything, you do it from the place of rest which is in Jesus.
So, you see Coco was well-meaning but wrong. Sadly, many of us are like Coco. We believe that Christ has done it all (which is true) and that we do not need to study or pray anymore (which is not true).
Jesus has done all that pertains to your salvation already but as we’ll see in the Scripture below, Apostle Paul admonishes us to WORK IT OUT! So, in this post, I will convince you on why you should work out your salvation and how to work it out.
So how do you work it out?
Well, it’s unlike building physical muscles or keeping fit physically. You don’t enroll in a gym or download a fitness app, drop down to do 50 pushups or butt bridges. There are levels to this thing, you see.
- PRAY AT ALL TIMES
As you can see, praying builds you up. You should pray at all times too (1 Thess. 5:17). You don’t have to wait till a particular time to pray and you don’t have to pray a particular way. Pray while waiting for your next lecturer, while washing the dishes, while strolling to class, e.t.c. Also you don’t have to use big and perfect words. You should normalize praying simply like: “Thank You for a new day!“, “Holy Spirit, I don’t understand what this course is all about, please teach me“, “I feel sad right now, please pour Your love on me”. You don’t have to sound mysterious using words like “Thee” and “Thou”.
- STUDY & MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD
Studying God’s Word will build you up and help you grow into spiritual maturity. Studying involves careful examination and analysis of Scriptures. It is not just reading through to check it off your to-do list or to silence your guilt-stricken heart. After studying, you meditate on the Scripture. Meditation is focused thinking on Scriptures. This is the way you squeeze all the juice out of the orange.
TIP: When next you want to study your Bible, pay attention to what the Holy Spirit highlights. Most times, He has a lot to tell you concerning it. Be patient and meditate on that Scripture. Don’t forget to write down what He tells you too.
Fasting is generally abstaining from or denying yourself of a particular thing for a season. It could be food, social media or any other thing that is a distraction. It helps to subdue the flesh and its desires. Fasting builds a greater capacity to accommodate God in our lives. It gets rid of the old wine (i.e. unnecessary things taking up space) and makes room for new wine (i.e the Holy Spirit and all the things He wants to do in you). Someone said, “Fasting heightens your spiritual antenna”. This is true in the sense that your spiritual sensitivity increases since you are far from distractions.
- FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS
This one right here is widely debated. There is a misconception that we do not need anybody in our Christian walk. The lockdown period even worsened this fallacy as people got convinction (air quote) on this matter.
As I said already, it’s a fallacy. Jesus advises us to fellowship with other believers. Do you know why? He knows that you can’t run this race all by yourself. He loves relationship and gave us an example -The Trinity. He knows that for you to work it out, you will need to fellowship with others because “Iron sharpens iron”. Stop believing the lie that you don’t need to go to church to fellowship with others. It might just be the devil trying to single you out for attack.
I’m sure that by now, you understand how to Work It Out Spiritually.
In the preceding part of this series which I believe you have read. If you haven’t, click here. We see how it’s important to be very physically fit. If we are not fit physically, we won’t be able to carry out these spiritual exercises. You won’t be able to fast or pray or even gather with others if you are sick.
Dear Friend, work out your salvation. Work It Out and don’t neglect physical fitness in all you do.
I know you’ve been inspired. What stood out the most for you? Do let me know in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to share on your social media platforms.
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