Monday, May 2, 2022
“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Philippians 2:14-15 NLT).
If you’ve ever watched the cartoon Popeye the Sailor Man, you might remember that Popeye is always muttering. You never quite understand what he’s saying, but he’s always murmuring.
Philippians 2:14 tells us, “Do everything without complaining and arguing” (NLT). Or, as the King James version puts it, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” This isn’t speaking of someone who complains out loud. It’s more like someone who mutters.
Don’t do that, the Bible says, because no one likes to be around a complainer. No one likes to be around a whiner. I know we get frustrated at times. But if you’re muttering a lot, if you’re complaining a lot, here’s something you need to know: complaining and bickering can hinder our happiness in running the race of life.
Paul went on to say, “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Philippians 2:15 NLT). To be blameless means to be unblamable. It means you’re not a hypocrite and that you practice what you preach. It speaks of moral integrity that shows itself outwardly.
Jesus, of course, was the perfect model, with not even a shade of inconsistency.
I think it drives nonbelievers a little crazy when Christians back up what they say with the way they live, because a lot of people want us to mess up. That way they can say, “Ah, you see? They’re hypocrites. They don’t really believe that. They don’t practice what they preach.”
When you live a godly life, it effectively gives you the right to proclaim the gospel. People will listen to you. There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and you. People who don’t know the Lord are watching you. So let’s be men and women who are blameless as we follow Jesus Christ.
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