For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose. – Philippians 2:13
In what way is God working in you?
Nothing we can do will save us. God says our own good deeds are simply filthy, because we are completely isolated from Him by our sin. Jesus died and rose from the dead to bring us forgiveness and salvation. He moves us from this place of separation into a wonderful home where we are part of God’s family. We are made into a new person.
Because our sins have been taken away, we can begin to do things which honor God. We are able to live in a way truly pleasing to Him. That doesn’t mean we never stumble and fall into doing wrong, but when we do we are still loved and forgiven through God’s grace.
His grace, forgiveness and love is working in us, and not just to cover our failures. God is moving in each of us to transform our thinking and to give us the power to do good works. Instead of living for ourselves or for no reason at all, He works in us to live for His purposes.
It is amazing that God’s purposes are not just about running the whole universe or looking after His creation. His purposes are not only guiding time and overseeing all of man’s history. His purpose is also to work out all things for our good. He works in each of us individually in order that that we can be closer to Him, so that we can love each other and live in the peaceful and contented way He intended. He is working is us!