Philippians 2: Do All Things Without Grumbling or Disputing

Today’s Bible reading is Philippians 2 and right in the middle of it, the Holy Spirit issues a challenging directive to disciples of Jesus: “Do all things without grumbling or disputing” (Phil 2:14).

To grumble is “to murmur in discontent; to complain sullenly.” It’s the opposite of gratitude, and gratitude is exactly where Paul seeks to draw our attention in the first 13 verses of Philippians 2.

  • There is encouragement in Christ
  • There is comfort from love
  • By God’s grace, you can be participants in the Spirit
  • Your lives can be reshaped by affection, sympathy, and joy
  • Christ is enabling us to be of the same mind, having the same love
  • We can be set free from the shackles of selfish ambition and conceit
  • As members of the body of Christ, we are looking out for the interests of each other
  • Christ Jesus has already paved the way, taking the form of a servant
  • He became obedient to the point of death on a cross … for me
  • At the name of Jesus, every knee is eventually going to bow
  • With fear and trembling, I can now work out my own salvation
  • God is at work within me, both to will and to work for his good pleasure

Therefore, why would I grumble? Given so much, why would I allow my heart to settle in the mire of complaint? In the light of his love, why would I waste time murmuring? Is discontentment what my mind should really be set upon?

I have so much to be grateful for! Therefore, I resolve to meet the challenge:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 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… (Phil 2:14-16)

It’s quite the challenge, but a challenge that we as children of God should step up to today. Let’s shine as lights in this world by doing all things without grumbling or disputing.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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