Philippians 2: The Right Attitude
There’s a lot of times we do things that we really don’t want to do. Whether it is waking up early to go to work or having to go to that strange reunion where you really don’t know anyone but feel obligated to attend. Philippians 2 provides us with some strong words about how we need to act at all times.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Paul tells us to do all things without murmurings. That even involves the things we really don’t want to do. That’s a tough one.
However, his rationale admittedly makes quite a bit of sense. We’re supposed to stand out in a world that complains all the time. We’re supposed to be representatives of Jesus wherever we go, so while this certainly does not mean that we have to agree with everything, we don’t want to get into an attitude of negativity that brings other people down.
To put it in perspective, let’s think about what we have as children of God. We have peace that passes understanding among many other things. If we have that in our lives, then it only seems to follow that that should come out in our everyday conduct and personality.
I guess that’s a challenge for all of us then. We have good news that is better than anything you’ll see on your preferred news network. We have the gift of God which is better than any gift any of us will ever receive. We have all of this going for us, so I think we need to make sure that we don’t become murmurers and ruin that testimony before others.