As you read Philippians you can’t help but notice how much Paul loves the young church he helped plan a dozen years earlier. He wanted God’s very best for them. Chapter two continues Paul’s encouragement to live in humility as they work out their salvation with fear and trembling. This idea of working out your salvation is to give all of your strength to the spiritual wellbeing of the community of faith both individually and as a group. Striving for God, will keep the Philippians from missing out on the benefits of obedience. Fear and trembling are a mark of reverence and awe before God. Just as Jesus revered the Father in 2:5-11, so too the believer is to live in complete devotion to God. To live in this way, will result in the believer being a light shining bright to a dark world.