Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling Philippians 2:12 NIV.
Familiarity is one of the most dangerous things in a life of a child of God. Because of familiarity, often our faith becomes stale. We can get so accustomed to things as they are and become comfortable with our faith, and in doing so we get stuck. We get so familiar with our traditions of “serving God”, familiar with church programs and how we know God to operate. Familiarity causes us not to see God outside of what we assume or know Him to be and in the process miss God all together.
Therefore brethren let us not get used to the things of God. In Philippians 2:12 Paul says, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” In Isaiah 43:19 God is saying, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Unless you can perceive or see a new thing that God is doing you will be stuck in the same old, same old.
The gateway to change of your situation is your perception of the new thing that God is doing. So you need to be on the lookout for the new! Our cry should be as we sing “Do something new in my life, Oh Lord.” Let us not drift away from the faith that we have in God, the love we have for our spouses, the respect we have for our authorities. Revelation 2:4, “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” The problem with most people is that we forget our first love. Let us not be familiar with anyone, any situation and with God.
Do something new in my life, Oh Lord