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“When we complain we are saying that ‘I deserve better’, and our model, Jesus Himself, did not complain but humbly and obediently follow His Father, even to the point of death on a cross (v. 8)”
A few weeks ago I preached on Philippians 2:12-18, where Paul gives a difficult command in v. 14: “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” These words can be summarized as complaining: do all things without complaining. This speaks not only to our tendency to complain externally, but to our tendency to do so internally in our hearts as well.
For Paul, this is the practical, on-the-ground application of the command to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you.” Salvation is not a trophy to be placed on a shelf, but a gift to be employed, put into practice in our lives, touching every single corner of every thought, action, behavior, and decision. In treating salvation as a gift, we please God (v. 13) and “shine as lights” (v. 15). This “shining as lights” means that when we live this way we glorify God with our lives.
In the sermon I outlined 10 ways that our complaining undermines God’s glory in our lives, and I thought it would be helpful to share them with you here so that you can think over and meditate on them.
During this holiday season and beyond, may we treat our salvation as a precious gift and live our lives with gratitude, glorifying our good God.
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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