Grumbling, who me?
What do you mean stop grumbling? I don't ever do that and no I will not help with the dishes, because it is unfair that I have to do them and not my brother/sister.
I can't believe this, I have more talent then this. The Pastor should see that, instead of making me clean up the parking lot.
The story is the same over and over again. Since the fall, we are all grumblers in some form or another.
What do you mean not you? Come on, be honest, we either grumble or we argue because we just don't like what we are called to do or are doing.
We can sit around and blame others and say "I got caught up in the moment, it is contagious, look at where I work, that is all I hear day in and day out.
Yeah, it is easy to point fingers and blame others for our actions.
Throughout scripture, we see evidence of that, but really, who is in control of your actions? People around you or you?
It really is a good question to asked yourself. I ask myself everyday, yet I still grumble or dispute with others.
The thing is I am no better then any one and I am no worst then anyone, so who am I to complain and by the way, every word and thought is being recorded in Heaven just as a court recorder does in the courtroom. So when you have to face God and say you didn't say or do those things, Jesus will take the transcript and read everything you though or did. Not a good place to be, right:?
So I need to ask myself, is all the complaining and arguing necessary?
Is my life an example of Christ and lining up with what He has taught me?
As our mentor, Jesus showed us how to be humble. He did something you would not think any king or world leader would do, and He is the King of Kings.
As an example, without complaining, He washed the feet of His disciples! A meaning less job that probably was done by slaves for royalty of that time.
So what I am getting at, is like I written many times before, is examining your life to see if it is in line with what Jesus has taught us.
In this case, grumbling and being discontented with what we are assigned with or job we do, arguing with others over or complaining to others what we do (pity party), or any matter for that fact.
As Christians, we are to serve in any thing we do from home to our jobs, even if there is no promotion given, as we serve God, not others because the truth is, we are working for God and it is a witness to whom we claim we are and serve, bottom line!
To give you an example of this bad behavior, I was part of the TV ministry at the church I belong to. The leader resigned and I felt I should have been promoted to the top, but another person who just returned was.
I was upset and angry, instead of being happy for the person and serving him as part of the team, I allowed my anger to disrupt my serving. I forgot that I am to be a humble servant and I was creating my own God and that was me!
As you can see this attitude was wrong. Humility and serving went out the door and the world enter into it. My service to the Lord, became more like, "What are you doing Lord, I deserve that position instead of let your will be done, without grumbling, and continue to do the work I have done with joy and humility, supporting the leader of the ministry I was a part of.
I step down, realizing I needed to regroup and focus more on what God wants me to do no matter how redundant it seems to me.
My actions at church is everywhere, from the work place to home life and we are all susceptible to allow our emotions rule instead of God ruling in our lives.
As an ambassador of God, I need to let Him shine through me in all I do.
It doesn't matter if I am flipping hamburgers at McDonald's or washing cars at a car wash, cleaning the house to help my wife, I just need to do it with joy, no grumbling or complaining, do it for the Lord because that is part of His will for us and it serving Him and glorifying Him.
As I spoke of His will, you may have asked what His will is and it is simple!
His will for my life is to follow Him, to love Him with all my heart, soul and mind!
His will is not complaining or grumbling, because that is pride and you know how He feels about pride.
So as I close, I challenge all of us to examine ourselves to see if indeed we grumble or complain and when you see that you do, because we all do do in some form as I said above, then seek God to help you over come this weakness.
Yep, it is that simple, but hard to do and do you know why? Because in our fallen state and still growing in Christ, our pride gets in the way.
God, through His word, shows us our weaknesses and if you study the word and don't become guilty of something that is not completely right in your life, then you can consider yourself as perfect, but remember, that is your thinking only.
God spells out that we are not perfect, "For all have sin and have fallen short of the glory of God" now that is something to think about, because all of us are still growing in Him and through His word, we learn our weaknesses.
Once we open the doors and allow Him to help over come these weaknesses such as today's text, we remain stagnant and we are not growing in Him.
Open the door of your heart, see if you still grumble and complain, seek Him and admit and then turn around and let Him work through your life to be an example for others to see no matter where you work or the people you are around. Let them see Christ in you, even if you just drop fries in fryer, flip hamburgers, wash cars etc.
God will use you in mighty ways in what ever you do, because He knows that people are watching you actions, especially when you say you are a Christian!
So be true to what you claim to be, a disciple, a true follower of Christ.
Let His will be done in your life and let Him shine through in all you do without complaining or grumbling.