The Christian Example
"Do everything without complaining or arguing" Philippians 2:14, NIV
I know. I thought the same thing. Why did He have to say “everything”?
I did a dictionary search for the word everything. It means “all things or all of a group of things, or all relevant matters.” Everything means “every” “thing.” It’s all inclusive.
Sometimes, if you are like me, some things seem to need to be complained about. Yesterday I visited a locally owned restaurant. The food was good, but I ask the waitress for something and she “bit my head off” with rudeness. The owner of the restaurant was there, and I had already spoken with him. I thought about complaining, but then I remembered this verse.
I hadn’t been hurt by her comments. She was nice the rest of the time. Maybe, I thought, she was having a bad day. Perhaps her boyfriend broke up with her. Maybe she found out her mother was deathly ill. She could have been having financial problems, or maybe she learned she didn’t make it into some graduate school.
I don’t know what was wrong with her, but I know how I am supposed to treat her. I’m to love her just as Christ does. I’m to respond to her as Christ would have responded. I’m to represent Christ to her. I may be the only Christ she ever meets.
Who will you encounter today? Will they see Christ in you? If they know you claim to be a Christian, what picture are you painting of how a Christian looks? Would what they see in you inspire them to make a decision to accept your Savior as their own?
Are you accepting life without complaining and arguing? Are you really? If you are like me, in order to obey that verse, you need not only discipline, you need a little grace. God will supply it beyond our needs if you and I are willing to obey.