Remember that the ‘do’ comes from Christ
‘for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.’
Many of us have a desire to live holy; to see our weaknesses overcome, and to have glistening patience and kindness. What many of us forget it that the ‘do’ should, under new covenant living, come from Christ. Even though we know that under this new arrangement it is Christ himself who lives his own life through us, we can so often switch to self-effort and fleshly patterns to see our lives conforming to holiness (or the flesh’s own version of it). What we must remember, even in the face of contradicting, sinful circumstances, is that the ‘do’ comes from Jesus and his life within us.
Jesus’ work on the cross and the subsequent Spirit in us has made certain that we can live holy and righteous, without our trying and striving. Salvation presents both a ‘done’ and ‘do’ holiness. However, contrary to popular belief, we aren’t the one’s doing the ‘do’ – Jesus himself is. Because of Jesus’ finished work we have been perfected forever (Hebrews 10:14)! That’s the ‘done’ part of the gospel. And Jesus (the purpose of Salvation) lives within us, he lives his life through us, that’s the ‘do’ part of the gospel! You see the ‘do’ is not on you. You can trust Jesus to ‘do’ whatever needs to be done through you!
Philippians 2:13 says that it is God himself which works in us to will and to act (other translations say ‘do’). It is not our will power or law keeping which produce the ‘do’, but God himself! In the next verse (14), Paul encourages the people he is writing to, to do everything without ‘complaining and arguing’. Many will see verses like his and take them straight out of context. They will then proceed trying not to argue with their friends, trying not to complain about the fuel prices, completely forgetting the previous verse; ‘it is God who works in you to will and to act’! Remember that today, Christ himself will do the ‘do’ through you!