What Working Out Looks Like

Philippians 2:14-18

We are told what it looks like to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

  1. Working out our salvation looks like choosing gratitude in a grumbling world (v. 14-15).

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…”—Philippians 2:14-15

  1. Working out our salvation looks like holding fast to the word of life (v. 16).

“…holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”—Philippians 2:16

“The battle of the Christian life is to bring your own heart into alignment with Christ’s, that is, getting up each morning and replacing your natural orphan mind-set with a mind-set of full and free adoption into the family of God through the work of Christ your older brother, who loved you and gave himself for you out of the overflowing fullness of his gracious heart.”—Dane C. Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly

  1. Working out our salvation looks like rejoicing in the work of the Lord (v. 17-18)

“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.”—Philippians 2:17-18


Application Questions

  1. What tempts you to grumble and dispute?
  2. How are you holding fast to the word of life?
  3. Spend time naming the specific work of the Lord in your life, your family, and our church.