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, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
GNT … Not in your own strength, for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energising and creating in you the power and desire, both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
Our Lord Jesus is in every everyone, Believer & Non Believer; so when your neighbour comes to you, always have respect, kindness, sincere & hospitable because the Lord is in them, and He will often express His will through them. It is God working in you both; you never know how God will work to bring fulfilment to your prayers.