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.
-Philippians 2:14, 15
A beautiful command and a great pep talk are packed in these verses of scripture. So let’s unpack them.
What if we lived our lives like this? What if we did everything without grumbling or arguing? Pause for a moment and picture your life that way. A woman pushes by you in a crowd, and the imbalance you experience in that brief moment causes you to stumble and her goods to fall, but she turns to give you the eye, and perhaps a scolding, like everything was your fault. Yet you do not argue. Neither do you grumble in your heart.
“God bless you lady. I bless You Lord Jesus. You’re in charge of my day,” you say mostly to yourself and to God, and you walk away.
I was driving out into a small and busy street one day, and I accidentally moved too quickly and brushed too close to a pedestrian, a man in his thirties. The look he gave me was like a threat. I apologized, but as I drove off, I thought to myself, “How dare that…. [bad word]? Who does he think he is? Did he think he was going to beat me up or something? I would have liked to see him try.” And then I cursed the life out of him as I zoomed away.
Where was the voice of the Holy Spirit that day? It was there I tell you, cautioning me, but I didn’t want to have any of it. I was so justified in my mind that the Lord’s voice was lost in that moment in the sea of my unrighteousness. And what did I feel after the ordeal was over? Shame. Much shame. I thought I was better than that. Look at me shoving down the voice of the Holy Spirit.
What would my life look like if I was resigned to the fact that the only option available to me is the option to do everything without arguing or grumbling? What if there were no other options for me, for us, than the option to fully obey?
What if we gave up our right to be right? And our right to not be trampled upon, and our right to be treated with great respect, and our right to not look like losers? What if we did EVERYTHING without arguing or grumbling?
And what did Paul the Apostle say would be the result of such a life? “…that you [we] may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”
Blameless and pure. Children of God without fault.
That’s who I want to be. Isn’t that who we ought to be? How can a man or woman live pure and without blame? The answer lies in doing everything without arguing or grumbling. It’s just the character of the people of the kingdom of God. It’s love and self-control. It’s forbearance. It’s patience. It’s kindness. It does not keep any record of wrong.
Dear sister, do everything without arguing or grumbling. When you act like this, fully obeying God, and being faithful to the end, you will shine like the stars of heaven! Beautiful. Glorious. Resplendent.
This is our calling. It is no less than this.
Do you know what I see when I picture a life lived this way? I see real strength and beauty in it. I see women walking as giants, towering tremendously over the circumstances of life, and over the evil in this world which so desperately tries to cling to us. We will be beautiful in our obedience to the LORD.
Heavenly Father I bless You. For myself, and for all of us, I ask in the Name of Jesus that You cause us to know and understand, and be firmly rooted in Your word. Cause us to be obedient to the end. Don’t let us doubt or give excuses. Help us see You. Amen.
The blessings of God rest on you as you obey! 🙂