I feel like I have not blogged in years! This summer I am serving with Kids Across America in Golden, Missouri, so I’ll try my best to stay on top of blogging – especially since I have the Wifi code now!!
As I began preparing for KAA, the first book that came to mind for studying was Philippians. It’s a beautiful letter by Paul to the church at Philippi just encouraging the saints to walk as heavenly citizens, in unity and complete humility. Perfect for someone who is spending their summer working with other believers 24/7 and children! Humility and servanthood are key!!
As I studied Philippians 2:12-13 this morning two words came to mind: Reverent Intimacy. Paul writes,
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Paul is charging the church at Philippi to obey God even more in his absence – when he is not there to watch them. They must continue to grow and live lives of righteousness with reverence for God. What we learn from this passage is that GOD is the one doing good work in us, however, we still have the choice to obey what He has commanded. We have the freedom to chose everyday to continue walking in obedience to God’s perfect will for our lives and hence, work out our salvation with “fear and trembling”.
That word “fear” really stuck out to me as I began pouring over this passage. I thought about Proverbs 1:7 where it says,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Fear. This fear is not a literal fear such as being afraid or troubled. This fear can be translated to reverence, which means “deep respect”. Deep respect of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But what exactly is knowledge? Do you have to have respect for the Lord to comprehend the scriptures? No, but it is essential to letting the scriptures transform your life. Knowledge. Derived from the Greek word “gnosko”, which means a relational knowledge. An intimate knowledge. With an intimate relationship or fellowship with someone comes growth – you receive correction, conviction and encouragement – out of love (Hebrews 12:6). This intimacy that we receive through deep respect for God brings about a closeness with God. We become familiar with Him (because he’s already familiar with us! Psalm 139:3-4). Fear. Reverence. Deep Respect for God creates a loving relationship with God.
So we have reverence and we have intimacy. You can begin knowing what someone expects our of you when you are in relationship with them, not just by knowing facts about them. We have reverence, or a deep respect for God and how we live our lives with that fear in mind leads to knowing Him better and more intimately.
One question I asked myself was do I work out my salvation for the approval of others or out of deep respect (reverence for God)? What is my motivation when I obey?
Just some things to think about 🙂
I’ll try my hardest to stay on top of blogging while I’m here at Kamp this summer! I ask for prayers as I continue to grow in God and as I pour out what I know into my coworkers and these children! If you want to write me you can do so at:
LySaundra Campbell Kids Across America #1
25114 Private Road 2232 Golden, MO 65658