Our obedience reflects the kind of servant we are.  Obedience is not about earning anything.  It is about “working out our salvation” in cooperation with the One “who works within us to will and do of his good pleasure” (Phil 2:12-13 ff.).  It is about working out in our lives what God’s Spirit is working in our lives.  When we follow this course our works will show Christ to others because it is He who is the real source of what is being done in us.

  “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:12-13 (NASB)