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3/16/16: Believers are not grumblers

Published: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.    Philippians 2:14-16

These are very hard and difficult verses for a Believer to live by.  I have always attempted to overlook these verses, especially where it is said to “do everything without grumbling or arguing.”  Jesus did not grumble or argue.  His nature would not allow Him to do those things.  I do not know where you would put yourself on a grumble/argue scale, but I know that I would be at the frequent end and Christ would be at the never end.    

The world has gotten to a place where others expect you to grumble or argue when things do not go right for you.  It is expected that you complain about poor service at a restaurant.  It is expected that you demonstrate your dislike for political candidates or your local government.  It is expected that you express your displeasure of just about everything that is going on with your job, your company, your community, etc. 

 

As a personal example, my family bought me an old truck much like the one that I drove for seventeen years before it rusted out to nothing.  I found a shop that would repair the bodywork on the truck and give it a new paint job that would reflect the colors of the college I attended.  Three years have gone by and the shop still has my truck.  I am at perfect peace that it will be finished according to God’s schedule.  However, it has become a joke to my family and friends that it has taken so long, and I still do not have the truck.  There is a push for me to grumble to the shop owner about how long it has taken.

I will go even further by saying that you have built into your personality expectations that when they are not met you start to grumble or argue.  I challenge you to think about those times of grumbling, and admit to God that your expectations are not realistic for a Believer.  After all, the Bible says that Jesus did not even own a pillow to lay His head, but God took care of Him.

The results of not grumbling or arguing are obvious: you will become blameless and pure without fault in a warped and crooked generation.  When that happens you will stand out from everyone else as being different.  At first, there may be some accusations that you are letting people “run all over you,” but that is who we should be as Believers in the world.  Someone has to stop the madness.  Someone has to bring sanity back into living.  Someone has to be at peace when there is anger and fighting everywhere.  God has called Christians to be that someone by becoming like Christ. 

When you have a Christ-like reaction to what the world throws at you, your opportunities to witness for God increase exponentially.  The next time others expect you to grumble about a situation, do the opposite.  Look for what can be said as being good and comment on that.  Do not give in to the expectations of this world to be spiteful, haughty, or mean.

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