The Rumbling of Grumbling

 


So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

The goal of everything we do and say should be God’s glory and the salvation of people. This is not meant to burden us. John tells us that we demonstrate love for God by keeping His commandments, but that His commandments are not burdensome. Jesus left this earth for heaven with this mission (command) to His disciples: GO into all nations and make disciples. Everything Jesus did and said was to the glory of God.
In the first part of the chapter -1 Corinthians 10 – Paul gives instruction/warning to his readers regarding immorality and grumbling. Yes, grumbling was cited as something coming from the Destroyer, as much as sexual sins were! God’s people had been given much but had fallen into sins of grumbling and complaining to the LORD, which was a sign of idolatry. Grumbling against the LORD says we don’t believe He is God or that He is good.
In his book, John MacArthur said: “A Christian who is discontented for any reason—job, spouse, finances—is a terrible testimony about the goodness of our God. What kind of God do we have? Is He really sovereign? Can He really be trusted? Glorifying God means that we praise Him with absolute contentment, knowing that our lot is God’s plan for us now.”

I continue to struggle with the posts, blogs, tweets and comments of professing Christians who constantly complain, grumble, gripe, and criticize in the name of personal opinion. I think at the root of my frustration is the way it comes across to readers. Some of whom are not believers. Maybe some are real seekers. Too often in social media, Christ followers look like the children of Israel, complaining and grumbling against everything and everyone. While I can not change or “fix” this, and while also I do not know the hearts (motives) of those who post, it does challenge me to not fall prey to this subtle sin – grumbling. I am thankful for the conviction of the Spirit to be on guard. I can easily see this in my own life, subtly creeping in when I am not even aware of it. I want to live a life of joy, speaking and writing words of hope and encouragement. Even if it means eating “manna” everyday for the rest of my life on earth, God has given me more than I ever deserved. Himself.

So, why should I be careful of everything I write, say and do (not seeking my own advantage)? …. “so that as grace extends to more and more people, it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God!” (verse)

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