From Pastor’s Desk:
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV
If Paul were writing that letter to the church of today, how would we answer? Where would it find us in our relationship(s) with each other, and in our community in the eyes of both believers and unbelievers?
This verse causes, or should, some deep soul searching. We don’t realize how our witness is affected by our outlook on life. My concern is that the light of the church is greatly diminished at times by display of a complaining, disputing attitude. We must not fool ourselves into thinking that no one notices. They do! They do to the extent that this may very well be the main reason why people don’t come to church. They see too much complaining, disputing, etc. among God’s people. Maybe they feel they have enough of that in the world, possibly in the workplace, at school, and even in social gatherings.
“All things” cuts a very wide parameter! Wherever we live, whatever we are involved in, and with whom, we are seen by many people of whom we don’t realize are seeing us.
What if we lived every day as if every eye in the world is upon us? Would that change our perspective? Maybe negative attitudes would be replace with positive attitudes? If we, as believers, knew that our “witness” would affect so many people and effect so many things, hopefully and prayerfully, there would be a change within that would allow our lights to shine brighter in this sin-darkened world.
If Paul should write this letter to the church today. Oh, wait. He did!