Joy from Building on God's Work Within

Chic Broersma

READ : Philippians 2:12-18

God is who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (v. 13)

The Christian faith begins with believing the gospel, but it doesn’t end there. Our faith isn’t simply a matter of believing. It also involves, in the words of Fred Craddock, “perspiration, calluses, a sore back and bone weariness.”

You and I are called to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling.” Scary stuff. A lifelong process. Will we make the journey to heaven successfully?

Here’s our encouragement. What God commands, he enables. When Jesus said to the lame man, “Rise and walk,” he also enabled him to do just that! God wants us to grow in our discipleship. So he works within us by his Spirit to make it happen. There’s an old saying, “An army moves by its stomach.” To engage the battle the troops must be well fed. C. S. Lewis wrote, “God is the food our spirits were designed to feed on.”

If you’re serious about living every day as a Christian—at home, school, in the workplace, in your neighborhood—it will be a challenge!

God is your spiritual food. Fill your plate. Eat hearty!

And never give up believing in his final victory, working in you.


Lord, do your work in me and empower me to will and work for your good pleasure. Amen.