Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God,
shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
Philippians 2:14–15 (NLT)
In households across America, moms can be heard tensely spewing these words, “If you don’t stop complaining and arguing, I will give you something to complain and argue about!”
Moms at the end of their rope, or at the end of another summer, usually speak these exasperated words because they desperately need distance between them and their children. They’ve already tried sweet-talking, and if necessary begging, but they are finally at their wit’s end.
God speaks this same phrase to His children, but I’m convinced that His tone is not one of sweet-talking or begging. Through Paul’s pen and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are exhorted to do everything without complaining or arguing so that no one can criticize us.
If we’re not complaining and arguing then what should we be doing? We are to live clean, innocent lives, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people so that no one can criticize us.
There is so much to complain and argue about in this world. How do we truly shine like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people? How do we consistently, faithfully and lovingly live clean, innocent lives? Let us look back just two verses.
Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
Philippians 2:12–13 (NLT)
Paul’s pen exhorts us to obey God with deep reverence and fear, knowing God is working in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
As children of the living God, we must live clean, innocent lives through obedience saturated with deep reverence and fear. When we live to obey Him, then we will shine like bright lights in this world full of crooked and perverse people.
Look around, do you see bright lights in this dark world? Look in the mirror, are you a bright light shining brightly as a child of God?
Shining your light brightly is Living Deeper Still.