12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 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,
Well let us continue where we left off yesterday. Did you complain yesterday? I am sure at some point you did, let us face it, in many ways complaining has become habit to us. It is a part of our conversation. Complaining has become a central part of our coffee club, our lunch group, so to quit cold turkey will take a commitment. I am also aware that there are those who have become so hardened that the words in a blog centered on the Word of God are not going to have an impact. In fact, you probably rolled your eyes, and sloughed it off, and will continue to live your way, with your attitude, how, when and where you want to, I can't help you. No one can, until Jesus Christ has you in a place of surrender, you will struggle. Some of you need to cast off a lifetime of religion and step into a moment of relationship. That is all in takes, a true encounter with Jesus and man what a change, it is no longer what i want, when i want it, and how I want it, it becomes what He wants, how He wants it, where He wants it, and all with the right heart attitude, man what a freedom. So let us get back to those individuals who took yesterday to heart and began a journey to becoming blameless and harmless to the kingdom of God, remember Philippians 2:14-15 says do everything without complaining, that you may become blameless and harmless. Was yesterday easy? It wasn't for me, there were a couple of times yesterday that Jesus had to ask me, Really? After we just wrote the blog, Really? Today, I want to touch base on a few things that came up yesterday; first how can we solve issues and problems if we can't discuss the negative things going on. Well, here is the deal, complaining yields not action. There are no hands and feet to a complainers lips. However, to the problem solver there is action and to the christian problem solver there is a humble heart and a laborer's effort. I will give you an example, you go in the store at Wal-Mart and there is no toilet paper in the restroom. Not at all happy with this, you have two choices, you can walk around the store, ride home and tell everybody when you get home about how sorry the folks are at Walmart because there was no toilet paper, or you can inform the manager or one of the workers at the service desk that there is no tissue in the restroom. Additionally, you could extend the offer to place the tissue in the restroom if they will get you some. Yeah I know, some of you are already thinking , i can't get into the toilet paper holder, or a million other reasons why you shouldn't have to do that. All I can say is, shame on you. Humble yourself and extend a helping hand. Could you imagine if you went to the service desk informed them there was no toilet paper and that you would take some to the restroom if they would give you some and the person on the other side of the desk said to you, I am very sorry for the inconvenience, we are a little short handed today we had two folks call out with a death in their family. You could then respond, I am sorry to hear that, but let me pray for you and the rest of your team as you get through this difficult day and as your co-workers get through the loss of their love one. I know walking around Walmart to proud to get tissue in the restroom for the next person, mad at every little thing in Walmart and expressing it to your children with you and your friend that you bump into by the vegetables is a much better approach. You know that friend you have been inviting to church, but they have just listened to you complain about everything under the sun for the last five minutes, right now they just want to get away, not only do they not want to go to your church, but if what you have is a relationship with Jesus, then they will pass. HARMFUL TO THE KINGDOM!!!! Unfortunately some of you are still locked on, it ain't my place to put tissue out at Walmart....SAD, SO SAD! Live different today!
Brother Big Daddy