Sunday, June 17, 2007

Simple Does It

Phil. 2: 14, 15 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...

The command is pretty simple: don't argue or complain. No disputing. You know, just accept what you were told rather than debating the legitimacy of the request, or excusing the behavior being challenged, or reasoning why it shouldn't be done this way. Just do it. And don't just do it, do all things that way!

I find the promised results of such behavior astounding! Check it out - we become blameless and harmless when we drop argumentation and murmuring. We shine as lights in the world. Who could imagine that such a simple command could yield such huge results!

No one would suggest that this is easy, just simple, as in not difficult to understand. Without a doubt, God's help is needed. But the command is clear, very comprehensible. Perceiving failure should not be difficult. Being willing to change may be.

But it is not really optional if we hope to be children of God who shine in this world.

Time for a reality check. Have you disputed a request recently, argued a point made, complained about a task assigned? Let's get to it. If we overcome bad patterns in this area we will gain precious promises. We will become blameless and harmless, we will shine.

Now that's an amazing deal in anyone's book.