- Cultivate your spiritual growth towards maturity with diligence, self-aware honesty, and reverence. Work out the implications in every detail of your life. Take it seriously, be intentional, make a plan. Get others around you to provide accountability.
- Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given. Confirm your identity in Christ, discover your original design, determine God’s purposes for you. Ask others around you to help you figure this out and live it out.
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.
Philippians 2:12-13 (AMP)
Continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energising, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfil your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Galatians 5:25 - 6:5 (MSG)
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives… Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.