for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.
It is common for us to see ourselves in isolation.
As our work environments have been forced mostly into solitary affairs due to the Pandemic, and the suspension for long periods of time for any form of group interaction, we have become even more fixated in what I often refer to the ‘i-Generation’.
Everything is geared around us as individuals.
Sometimes this can be positive, where we can access knowledge and entertainment curated to our specific interests, but we can also be manipulated and suggested streams of information without us specifically searching it out.
In this verse, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we are not alone.
God is works – energeó – active, effectual, mighty – in us.
What exactly is it that God is working within us for?
To will – theló – desire, be disposed, to intend – us to act or work – it is the same root word as God working in us – in order – huper – on behalf of – God to complete His good purpose – eudokia (this is the only occurence in the NT) – His delight, His kindness, His good pleasure.
God uses us to bring His light and goodness to others.
The more we become ‘i’ the less able He is able to work within us.
As we share ourselves with God, He works within us to enable us to ‘pay it forward’.
Will. Act. Good.