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12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.
Paul is confident that his friends at Philippi are following his instructions even though he isn’t there, but urges them again to look to God for their guidance which in itself would please God, warning them that doing things in their own strength and their own mind is not something to contemplate.
God is at work in us too, enabling us both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Let us rejoice that God has chosen us to work for and with him, and seek his strength and guidance in the daily living of our lives.
Father, thank you for choosing me as one of your witnesses today ; thank you for entrusting me with continuing the work that your Son Jesus started two thousand years ago, and thank you for giving me your Spirit to guide me in living my life for you and being your voice, hands and feet on Northway today. Amen.