“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” ~Philippians 2:13
Our Father is the one who shapes our wills and renews our minds and transforms us into the image of his Son. God is saving us by making us like Jesus. Being saved, the process of salvation, is the on-going work of becoming like Christ. Acting like Christ. That’s our salvation.
And our God gets all the credit.
You picked up a homeless man under a bridge today and bought him lunch. Praise God! God is saving you!.
You didn’t criticize other disciples and other churches today. Yes! God is bringing your salvation to completion!
You’re putting other people first. You’re realizing it’s not about you. Your needs don’t count. Hallelujah! God is perfecting you!
You didn’t argue when sister Smith moved your things in the workroom. You didn’t complain when brother Jones said something weird in his prayer. Amen! God is purifying you for the Day of Christ!
Our view of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, what it means to be a Christian, must be shaped by an understanding that our salvation is a process initiated and carried out and completed by God. But it is a process. It’s a process of becoming more and more like our Lord.