Some people have so many reasons to murmur and complain. But they don’t.
Some people have very little, if any reason to murmur and complain. But they do.
Paul’s encouragement to Christians in Philippians 2:14-16 was simple and straightforward.
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, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning. That is God’s expectation of you. But if you’d rather defy him, follow these ten simple guidelines, and you’ll be perfectly miserable, GUARANTEED!
- Think and talk about yourself as much as possible.
- Measure your happiness by the amount of money and stuff you have.
- Be suspicious and jealous of everyone.
- Be super-sensitive, easily offended, and impossible to be comforted.
- Never forget a criticism or personal offense.
- Think the worst about everyone.
- Push your own opinions on others to the point of contention.
- Never forget (or let others forget) a good deed you have done.
- Shirk your responsibilities whenever you can.
- Refuse to forgive or show mercy or compassion to anyone.
Just recognize and remember that you won’t be a faithful, blessed, fruit-bearing disciple of Christ. His joy won’t be in you, and your joy will never be full (John 15:11).
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