“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” Philippians 2:14-15
Paul just finished telling the people that their attitude should be just like Jesus. His attitude was one of complete submission to God’s desire, even to the point of death with extreme suffering. Now Paul adds that believers are to do everything without grumbling or arguing.
Grumbling is the complaining people do about something or someone. It is murmuring under the breath or out loud about having to do something. How many times does a person hear grumbling about the boss at a workplace? People love to grumble about the work that they are told to do. Each person agreed to work for the boss. That means the worker must do what the boss desires (unless illegal or dangerous) regardless if it makes sense or not.
Along with grumbling, Paul lists arguing. People love to argue with the boss as to what is the best way to do something or that something should not be done. How many people are arm-chair quarterbacks or presidents? They seem to know the best way to do something. They always have a better way.
God has a plan for your life. He sets in motion things you are to do. He knows the best way for you to do it.
One of those things is to serve everyone else, to put their needs above your own. This will take your energy and time. Do not complain about being able to serve someone else. Do not argue with God about having to do it. Accept what God has given you to do.
You are to do this so that you will be blameless and pure. This means you will not be doing anything for selfish, sinful reasons. When you do service like this, you will shine like a star. Look at the stars on a dark clear night, they shine bright and beautiful. In this world, when you serve like Jesus did, you also will shine bright and beautiful for God.
I pray today that God will reveal to you ways to serve others; that God will give you strength to not complain or argue about the service; that God would redeem your time and energy; and that you will shine like the stars as God draws many to Jesus through your service.