Philippians 2:12-30; Ezekiel 21-22; Isaiah 50
If there is a specific company or person that you want to work for, it would be foolish to start a blog dedicated to complaints about that company or person. If you had a job with that company or person, it would be even more foolish to spend all your time complaining about the work situation, the people you work with or the demands of your job. As followers of Christ we are called to do God’s work, and yet, how often do we complain about our working conditions: we complain because the weather’s too hot or too cold; fellow Christians are the sorriest lot of people we know. We have disputes with God about the right way to do things. Paul reminds us to “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” (Philippians 2:14-15) We have a call from God. Our job is to show His love, His grace, His forgiveness to the world in which we live. We are to be the light of Christ in a world darkened by the crooked and perverse nature of this world. The bad working conditions we deal with are not a problem to complain about; they are the job we are called to do. We can’t complain when those who don’t follow Christ act like those who don’t follow Christ. We shouldn’t even complain when those who DO follow Christ act like they don’t. Our job is to follow, without grumbling or complaint and without disputing God’s ways so that our lives would reflect His glory. We can’t force people to follow our God. We can make our lives so in tune with Him that the joy we exhibit is irresistible to those outside the faith. We can be the light to them.
Lord, how easy it is for me to complain about the little things. Remind me of my calling. Remind me of my need to follow You without disputing Your ways. Let me be a light to those living in the darkness of this crooked and perverse generation.