~Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 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;
Can you imagine what the Church would be like if everyone followed these verses? The world laughs at the Church because it sees the Church bickering, fighting amongst ourselves, backbiting. What difference is there between the Church and the world, then? They do not see a light – they see the fruits of darkness. That should not be so.
Instead, the Church should be doing everything without murmurings and disputings so this crooked and perverse world could see the light of Christ shining through us. What exactly are murmurings and disputings? Today’s understanding would be grumblings and arguments. How many times have you done something for the Church and were not recognized for your work? Did you grumble about it? Did it matter to you? How many times have you argued with another Church member because you did not agree with their opinion? One grumble or argument isn’t much. But what happens is that “one” sets the heart into that mode and then grumbling and arguing become easier. It then becomes a way of life.
The believer who is guilty of this is not growing in the Spirit. The spirit-filled believer is allowing the Holy Spirit to access his life and control it. The Holy Spirit would not be the author of grumbling and arguing. How can we get out of this mode and into a spiritual mode once again? Prayer! If we are praying for others, praying for the Church, praying that we may be the light of the world, praying for salvation of others, we are not busy grumbling and arguing. Prayer changes our hearts and puts us in an attitude of gratitude. A grateful heart does not grumble or argue… they do not go hand in hand.
“Ten minutes praying is better than a year’s murmuring.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon