It started as a great relationship and THEN he wanted me to work. It all began to go downhill when he assured me I could do whatever form of torture he had for the day. I am pretty sure the man suffers from nightmares and all night indigestion---how ELSE could he dream up these methods of cruelty!
To make it even worse--he does NOT listen to my whining and "I can't's". I tell you the man has NO mercy. OH--he has some reason for everything we do, but my reasoning of why I should not do his plan does not go far. It makes me question whether his momma raised him right. He SURE doesn't listen to his elders!
The reward for my hard work is at the end of the session when he stretches my hip. Even the reward has a cost! He expects me to put my knee into my armpit and other such awkward positions. I don't know about you, but I spend very little time with my knee in my armpit while on the floor. BUT, when we (he) finishes the session, I walk out better every time. And added bonus, I am stronger and able to do much more than I could when we first started. I have a cumulative gain of greater strength.
You might call this a physical sanctification. Through pain and suffering I am becoming stronger. My endurance has increased. With every session, I am able to do more the next session. I know what to expect when the trail of the next session begins, but I also know I will not only endure, but grow after it is over. Though I may laughingly give the trainer a difficult time, his insistence on my hard work is paying off.
So it is with God, He has us in the process of sanctification. "The process of sanctification is progressive. God grows and changes us from one level to the next instead of all at once." Priscilla Shirer We endure pain, suffering, heartbreak, illness and all the other trials of life with a slow growth of assurance that God is at work in us. He is faithfully by our side and loves us beyond our comprehension. "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling" Phil 2:12 was written for Believers. Paul was telling these followers of Christ they needed "to exert some effort, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit's sanctifying work in them, as part of their salvation experience." We are growing spiritual muscle when we allow God to teach us and draw us closer. AND--muscles have memory--it can be called upon when we once again are facing trails.
SO--WORK OUT your salvation. Seek the Lord with all your heart and KNOW that He is God.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God,
you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.