Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Salvation brings with it many benefits, both spiritual and natural. The Psalmist said, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the Lord God of our salvation Psalm 68:19.” We are also encouraged not to forget those benefits in Psalm 103:2, “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits.” His goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life and no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly (Psalm 23:6; Psalm 84:11). Thank God for all of His all rewards, blessings, benefits, acts of good, and all of His good treatment of us.
Are physical benefits the goal, though, and should our Christianity be centered alone on them? Shouldn’t spirituality and Christlikeness be the goal and physical benefits the side issue? God is working in our lives in our physical circumstances to bring benefits to us but He is also working “in us” to bring us to maturity and to conform us in our actual walk to look like Jesus. We have been predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son or into Christlikeness (Romans 8:29). Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform until the day of Jesus Christ.” God works in us giving us the desire and power to become like Jesus and to do His will (Philippians 2:13). The Book of Hebrews says the Lord will, “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen Hebrews 13:21.” God is doing a work in our lives even when we don’t see it in our circumstances and regardless of how it appears to others. He won’t give up on us.
I’ve even seen hundreds of Christians when they don’t get the benefits, (or when they don’t come in the time they thought they should) display carnality, less spirituality, and less Christlikeness. Maybe the center of our focus should be spirituality and we should strive to be Christlike whether we are in an abasing condition or an abounding condition. I think being conformed to His image in our walk, attitudes, and ways is a prize of a higher calling. On any given day when you may feel God isn’t doing anything in your life, you can be confident He is working “in You,” to bring you into Christlikeness and He is committed to your maturity until the Day of Christ (when Jesus comes).