Spiritual Discernment Is Impressed by the Unimpressive

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 72

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

–Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)

Look at your own life. What is it made of? A lot of activity, and most of it does not seem very important. But it is this very thing, this unimportant activity, that God is well-pleased with. This is the part that the soul must play in its own spiritual growth.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

In the business of working out your own salvation, there is much cause for the fear and trembling that the apostle Paul refers to in Philippians 1:12-13. Yet when you look at the so-called “unimportant activity” that makes up your daily life, it may not inspire such reverential fear. But it should, for the same God is at work in you throughout all of this activity. It is not your outward work, but the work of God within you that is awe-inspiring.

To live a normal human life, even for a day, is serious business in the sight of heaven. And for a Christian, a normal day of a normal life is a fearful and awesome thing. Your daily routine is your opportunity to invest in your own spiritual growth.  If you do not respect the opportunity, you will miss it. If you properly respect it, you will experience a kind of reverential fear at the sight of life’s sacredness.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.