Posted bySaraJuly 17, 2013July 17, 2013Posted inBible “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13, ESV) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
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“There are only two types of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end “Thy will be done.” ”
Does this mean that: we who have said to God that His will be done in our lives have chosen to be with Him in the end. Those of us who have “willed other than God’s” have willed NOT to be with Him in the end by virtue of our own “will”.? Mr. Lewis is clever in his presentation, huh!
One author has written that she saw [in a vision or in reality] souls dressed in gray and sand colored robes wandering and moping about…heads bowed down in sadness. She said that the Lord let her know they were Christians who had refused or ‘had never gotten around’ to doing the will of God. They could not inherit the Kingdom. “Only those who do the will of the Father can inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of God.” It’s a sad, horrible price to pay when we insist upon our own way. Frank Sinatra, a famous singer of yesteryear sang…”I DID IT MY WAY”. I can only hope his way was God’s way. Who knows!
Philippians 2:13 sounds like God does His work in us but we must work with Him. That would be through obedience as in vs 12 to the things spoken of in the chapter.
Apparently few want to work with God.
“For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” vs 20-21
The footnotes for Philippians 2:13, from my Bible says: “What do we do when we don’t feel like obeying? God has not left us alone in our struggles to do his will. He wants to come alongside us and be within us to help. God gives us the desire and the power to do what pleases him. The secret to a changed life is to submit to God’s control and let him work. Next time ask God to help you desire to do his will.”
I read the footnotes above as my first reading for the morn. As I read prayfuly the eye popping words; “God gives us the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” And, ” …ask God to help you desire to do his will.” From my heart I started singing the song I have sung so often, yet had filed away”…change my heart O God…You are the potter and I am the clay.” Hopefully, by faith I will see and feel and think differently starting now.
‘I am the clay’ ….that makes me think. God created Adam out of clay in one day. It might even be …”on one day”. And it was done! HE transformed a hunk of clay into HIS likeness. Why then is it taking 30 years of being in the faith and this clay still isn’t conforming, and being transformed to the will of God at all times?