Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-
not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence
continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling
for it is God who works in you to will and to act
in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
We must be very careful to put into action God’s saving work-to obey Him with deep reverence and fear. God says that He will give us the desire to obey Him (but He won’t make the choice for us).
He also says that He gives us what we need to follow through in what pleases Him. When God says to be thankful, He is also giving us the power to make the choice to be thankful. When God says to serve one another, He also gives us everything we need to serve the people He puts into our life. When he calls us to love someone, He also gives us that love to demonstrate. So, we really shouldn’t use the excuse “I can’t”. That is not truly the issue.
If we are honest with ourselves, we would have to agree with God that any failure to obey is simply because “I won’t”. And that kind of rebellion against God is rather frightening. Why would we refuse to do what Almighty God has asked of us? Why would we doubt that He will give us what we need to follow Him?
Living this kind of life requires an honesty with ourselves and with God. It requires us to exercise faith that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do.