|“Do everything without complaining or |
arguing, so that you may become
blameless and pure, children of God
without fault in a crooked and
depraved generation, in which you
shine like stars in the universe.”
I am told that in most families with more than one child, the children vie for the attention of their mom and dad, grandmas and grandpas. They do this in a spirit of sibling rivalry or unabashed competition. I am also told that this is quite natural and helps build character into the children.
As an only adopted child, I did not have the “luxury” of experiencing this character-building experience. It could very well be that my awkward socialization stems from this defect. In any case, I know that when we try to transfer this human experience to the spiritual, we run into a bit of trouble.
God does not respond to a group of His children clamoring for His attention. He is everywhere present and has His eye and ear on every single one of His dearly loved children. He knows what we need and what we desire. No amount of discord between children will earn any more of His attention or favor.
The Apostle Paul clearly stated the essence of this in Philippians 2:14-15:
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
As we begin a new day, let’s keep in mind that complaining or arguing will buy us absolutely nothing in the Kingdom of God. Rather, devotion to the pathway that God has laid out before us—a pathway that leads to holiness—will bring the kind of star power that lasts for all eternity.