Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 (ESV)
Shine Like A Light
That is exactly what I want to do. What’s that? I want to shine like a light in the world. I want my life to be a testimony for you. I don’t want anything to blemish my witness for you. That is a very good desire. What might hinder your testimony and witness for me in the world? If I were no different than anyone else in this crooked and twisted generation, then my life would offer no testimony or witness for you. No, it would not. Are there any behaviors that you want to be particularly on guard against right now? Yes, I don’t want to be a grumbler or a complainer or a disputer. Those are dangerous attitudes for me to hold. Those attitudes provide a direct threat to my ability to be a witness and testimony for you in the world. Yes, they do. Beyond that, you are not pleased with grumbling and complaining and disputing. No, I am not. You have called me to be grateful and thankful. You desire that I bring peace and harmony wherever I go, in whatever I do. Yes, I do.
How will you be able to stop being a grumbler or complainer or a disputer? Not, with my own strength and abilities, that is for sure. I will need you to change the attitudes of my heart and the thoughts of my mind. How do you think I will change the attitudes of your heart and the thoughts of your mind? What tool will I use to change the attitudes of your heart and the thoughts of you mind? You will use your word to change the attitudes of my heart and the thoughts of my mind. As I hold fast to your word I will be changed. You will use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, I will.
How will you hold fast to my word? I will keep your word ever before me. I will meditate on your word day and night. I will hide your word in my heart, so I will not sin against you. I will let your word dwell in me richly. That will be very good.
What will be assured when you hold fast to my word? As I continue to hold fast to your word, I can be sure that my labor for you will never be in vain. As I continue to hold fast to your word, I can be positive that I will run well the race that you have set before me. Yes, you can. Will you keep on holding fast to my word? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then you will shine for me like a light in the world.
Lord, every day I will hold fast to your word. I will allow your word to change the attitude of my heart and thoughts of my mind. I will not grumble or complain so I can be an unblemished light for you in the world. Help me to run well and labor fruitfully for you. Amen
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