“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you— and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.” (NRSV)
For Disciples of Christ this phrase “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” could serve as the elevator speech about what Disciples of Christ believe. We offer no prescription of behavior, no set of rules one must abide by or a statement of beliefs you must sign your name to. It is expected, though, that every member will commit to do this faith “work” with the kind of diligence that a real relationship with God engenders. I mean, we are talking about God here!
The church is (should be?) the place where we are given the resources, support, and encouragement to this holy work. I’m committed to making sure we have the resources we need. It’s your responsibility to do the work and take advantage of the resources available.
Along the way, be the light in someone’s life today!