If there’s one thing that gets under a parent’s skin, it’s children grumbling and questioning. When as parents we give our children instructions or share wisdom with them, we want their response to show that they understand us and that because they love us, they are willing to do what we say – whatever that may be.
As parents we despise grumbling and questioning, but often we forget this is our attitude and response to God as His children. In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul gives us some important reminders:
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. – Philippians 2:14-15 (ESV)
Not grumbling and not questioning is a way for us to demonstrate our faith. Grumbling and the like is easy to do – it comes natural – but when we obey, we are choosing to please God.
This passage reminds us of what happens when we obey…
1) We demonstrate our status. The “blameless and innocent, children of God” will want to live without grumbling or questioning. We don’t live this way to earn our salvation. No, rather it says we demonstrate our status as “children of God” when we choose to please Him.
2) We shine. This command won’t make sense to much of the world. So when it’s exhibited, it shines in start contrast to the “crooked and twisted” world around us. When we obey God, we shine for Him.
This passage isn’t calling on us to obey in all situations, no matter what. No, it’s talking about living the Christian life and how we should generally respond to those in command over us. We should never choose to obey the world when obedience to the world would result in sinning against God.
So how will we respond to this today? Will we take action and choose to obey God and cease our grumbling and questioning? I pray that it will.