Working the Seed
“So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]” (Philippians 2.12 AMP).
Once we receive salvation through Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross, we are reconciled back to God. Our sin that separates us from God’s Holy throne has been washed away, and we can boldly walk into His presence. This salvation is a supernatural seed that is planted within our spirits. But that seed needs to be “worked out” into every area of our being and lives. On this earth, we are becoming the people we will be for eternity. Our maturity in heaven depends on the choices and actions we commit here on earth. Yes, the salvation we receive is not based on our own merit, but this precious seed can produce a harvest for God’s Kingdom if we are willing to cultivate it. If God only wanted to reconcile us, He would take us to heaven right when we receive salvation. But God has a specific design and destiny for us, and it will take a lifetime to come close to fully embrace and embody His purposes. Salvation is truly just the beginning of an amazing adventure with God. We will spend our lives allowing the seed of salvation to transform us into the image of Jesus, so we can product an amazing harvest for His glory.
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1.23 NIV).