Thursday Reflection – November 14, 2019
God the Influencer
It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
We all at one point or another have been influenced by someone or something. Sometimes that influence is for the good and other times it might be for the bad. Today’s text teaches us about the influence of God, which can only be for good. Today’s text more specifically teaches us about God’s influence in relation to salvation.
Paul speaking to the Philippians about imitating Jesus and his humility. He went on further to speak about Salvation stating that they should work out their salvation with fear and trembling. He also noted that “It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” As we look at this verse we note that it is God at work in you.
Here God is seen in action, doing something in the salvation process. He’s working! We know that “For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith – and it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8. But here we also note that God is doing something to us in this process. God is influencing us to achieve his will and work. God pricks, nudge, directs, encourages, guides and motivates for us to make a decision that is align to his will. God will not make the decision for us that is something we have to do ourselves. What God does is cause us to see the need and the importance of salvation. God causes us to see the importance of his will and we have to work towards it. Hence we have to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. God saves and as a result of that act accordingly.
This is not limited to just the salvation process, but I believe that this is in every aspect of our life. God will influence us to show us his will, but we have to work in achieving his will. The result of the gift of salvation is action. We act according to the will and influence of God to achieve God’s purpose and not ours.
God’s will is for his good pleasure. It is to achieve what God wants in our lives and what is important. We should feel the nudging, urging and influence of God in our lives to complete his good pleasure. God will not harm us with his plans; they are for our betterment. “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Let us listen to the influence of God for it is to achieve God’s will.