This Sunday's devotion was written by Keith Trevolt III, a younger brother in the Lord whose faith and zeal have inspired my entire family.
Currently, intent of obtaining a solid form of employment and direction in life has led me to look into the medical field. I have had the privilege of observing a handful of Physical and Occupational Therapists in the local rehabilitation clinics here in Wichita. My second observation was done with Doug, an Orthopedic PT, a solid believer in Christ. He is also an instructor at WSU.
Doug and I shared a good amount of time discussing spiritual issues and assessing job experiences. I was thankful to God for this encounter and continued my next scheduled observational visits to other clinics. On my fourth and final day I mentioned to the other PT's and OT's that I had shadowed Doug. Everyone knew his name and gave him high marks of commendation. This impressed me very much, because not all Christians who claim Christ live for Him in a way that exemplifies their profession of faith.
This reminded me of what Paul said in Philippians 2:12, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
Here's someone who has established a name that is respected in a honored profession and, on top of that, in the name of Jesus. This has been done with fear and trembling. This is a very practical blueprint of sanctification and refinement for the Christian's life.
These two words were used in the same order in Psalm 2.
The godless are raging in rebellion and God is demanding fear and trembling, in essence, repentance. The Spirit of God beseeches the high-positioned kings and judges, concerning salvation by crying out in verse 21, "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling."
Paul would echo this same focus of prerequisite devotion concerning our sanctification. We are to have fear, a healthy reverential awe of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. We have so great a Savior, requiring that we represent Him in a blameless and steadfast effort.
Having heard from other PT and OT workers relating to Doug's faithful testimony was thoroughly pleasing to witness and encourages me to attempt the same in my own life.
Doug, who in a brief segment of time in my life, exemplified Christ by following this principle - fearing and trembling.