"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..." Philippians 2:12
Obedience wasn’t something Paul desired for his friends while they were with him but much more in his absence. When the boss comes in it is easier to do our best. When we know, we are being observed the incentive is there to do our absolute best. When the pressure is on most of us will rise to the challenge. But what about when the boss is away? Will we be the first to find a shortcut and easier route other than obedience?
Who is the Lord of Your Life
The Lord of Our Lives
"...and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:11
The tongue acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord is filled with words of praise and thankfulness. When we admit to ourselves and others that Jesus is Lord it tears down the strongholds of anything else becoming lord in our lives. There are many temptations all around us trying to become the lord of our lives and the Lord of our lives can determine our motives. Whoever we surrender our lives to will reveal to us the condition of our heart.