Work out your salvation
Philippians 2:3 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “Mine wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.”
Amazing illustration, the Bible was worth so much because of the hands it had been through. I thought about and the fact that every believer no matter their status here on Earth had been through the hands of Christ who had redeemed them and counted them righteous and valuable. Everyone was worth so much to God that He was willing to send Christ to die for them. For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son to die so that whosoever believes in Him should have eternal life.
If that be the case then who am I not to see that value in them.
In working out my salvation with fear and trembling, I must humble myself and see others as better than myself. I must learn to see them not through the natural eyes but through the eyes of Christ who was willing to lay down his life for them. We have the tendency of segregating people into classes based on what we think they have to offer. It should never be that way it is all about what Christ had to offer them and us.
Remember working out our salvation is all about unity and then oneness in Christ. That was Christ’s prayer that we would be one just like He and the Father are one.
God has highly valued us that He sent Christ to die for us. Everyone is valuable and we need to see them through the eyes of God.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul and love your neighbour as yourself.