Wednesday: November 4, 2020
Philippians 2:12 And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Supervision is one of the ways of ensuring that what needs to get done, is done as it should be. Therefore, depending on the action involved, supervision might be direct or indirect. Direct would be preferable say for a surgeon performing their first operation and indirect in an office environment because having someone looking over your shoulders all day can be quite intimidating.
Paul admonishes the Phillipians today of what his absence might create. He was concerned that without his presence, situations might change and the people lose sight of what they had believed. Hence, he uses the phrase ‘continue to work out’. While the popular definition of continue is ‘to maintain a condition without interruption’, there is also the dimension of ‘resuming even after an interruption’.
So then it becomes clear that a full stop at any point isn’t what is being advocated for but rather a quick return to the task at hand. The ideal scenario in would be to persist without interruption our salvific walk. However, we encounter many situations that interrupt our motion. Even then we are to continue – to resume from where we were interrupted.
Sweetheart, bearing in mind that we have an ultimate destination, we should not be so eager to stop and down all tools when interrupted because we would not have arrived yet. Beloved, soldier on and CONTINUE!