An atrophied faith

28 May

In Philippians 2:12, the apostle Paul makes the statement, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” I wonder how many people are only Christians from the neck up, or at best, from the chest up. Many believe the message of the gospel. It changes their way of thinking. Many have given their hearts to Jesus. Their values have been transformed. But I would guess that far fewer people have a Christian faith that goes all the way to their hands and feet. While many believe, only a few serve. Many claim to have the mind of Christ, but far fewer walk in humility.

How often is my faith like a gym bag that sits by the door? It is packed full of useful equipment, but it is seldom taken to the gym and actually used for exercise. How often is my Bible or testimony covered up by busyness, much like the treadmill in the corner that supports the laundry basket and dirty clothes piled on top?

I need to get back in the gym and exercise my faith. If Christ is real, I should allow him to penetrate and permeate every area of my life, not just my beliefs and values.


Posted by on May 28, 2008 in Personal growth


2 responses to “An atrophied faith

  1. apostatejournal

    June 13, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Sometimes I wonder if the opposite is true. I think sometimes when I try to work out my faith, or push to get myself going religiously I have missed the point. Elijah heard a “still small voice” and the bible teaches “be still and know that I am god” sometimes I wonder if slowing down and stilling our thoughts and activities might not lead to a much more fluid and gracefull access to a fulfilling and meaningful faith.

  2. wheelsms

    June 13, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    In response to the previous comment about slowing down to hear from God rather than working out our salvation, it is not an either/or situation. Yes, we need to listen for God. But the verse quoted from Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God,” does not have the idea of stop doing everything and listen. It is more the idea of cease striving, stop worrying, and let God demonstrate his power in your life, which is the context of the psalm.

    In Philippians 2:12-13, Paul’s instruction is that we are to work out what God has put in us. In that sense, we don’t try to get ourselves going religiously. God not only gives us salvation as a gift of his grace through Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, but he also gives us the desire to know him better and to live for him.


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