Posted by: bshelley | December 1, 2008

Good moaning?


Today’s Verse: Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; NASB

Your first reaction to this verse may have been like mine. “Then how will we ever get anything done?” Murmur, murmur. It seems to be business as usual to have some moaning, grumbling and under breath comments as an integral part of the process of getting anything requiring change or activity completed, even in the church. As one of our members says, “Now you are meddling.” But here it is in God’s word. The passage goes on to say that this is so we can be blameless and innocent children of God. This may be one of the areas that we are the mostly worldly in the church and yet it may be one of our biggest areas of denial. “Church would be easy…if it were not for the people.” You may have heard that one before. The problem is that it is the people that are the church. So now what? I believe Paul doesn’t just leave the readers hanging. The answer is in verse 16, “hold fast the word of life”. That is appropriate in two meanings of the word “fast”. First, what is meant in the context is that we are to grip tight, cling to the word of life. The answer to how do we remember to do this better is maybe in a bit of a play on the word fast, that is that we ought to hold to the words of Christ a bit quicker too. Unfortunately, my first response to a request is sometimes not my most “noble”. Especially if I am busy or comfortable. How about you? I think maybe it is a combination of approach and receipt. We need to be caring in how we approach each other with requests that require change or action and we need to be caring when we are approached. Hmmm, maybe that stuff about loving each other would apply here? If someone is in desperate need or is in the hospital, we tend to spring into Christian action in wonderful, self sacrificing and loving ways. Maybe we need to figure out how to respond to each other in all situations with as much Christ-like concern. “Blameless and innocent children of God.”

As always, may God bless your heart as you seek His.


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