“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” ~Philipians 2:14-15 NIV
Doing everything as though we are emulating Jesus, this is our goal! As the adopted sons and daughters that we are, and that we claim to be! God as our Father, adopted through our faith in Jesus, the Christ. By emulating our distant brother, we would not argue but rather we would possess a righteous indignation in our words and attitude. We would act with the authority of our Father, just as sovereign children of a king (of kings, that is).
The unfortunate truth is that we are wrapped up in fault, as we are faulty ourselves! We are sinners by nature, but we strive (or we should strive) for the perfection of our Father and of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We should pray, consistently, for “…all manner of workmanship…” (Exodus 31:3) that we may perform all manner of work with an excellence befitting a Child of the One True God! Even the Israelites sought such perfection in their qualities of workmanship.
We should be seeking this in our lives. The abilities to do our jobs, as mundane or as exciting as they may be, we should each be endeavoring to do the absolute best that we can possibly do in order to glorify our God and Creator. But we cannot hope to please Him who created us by hemming and hawing our way through our workday; nor can we accomplish this by bitching and complaining about our bosses. The only way we can do this is by doing our absolute best by determining in our hearts What Would Jesus Do? Yes, that ever loving acronym (WWJD) comes back to life, all of the time! I have found my bracelet that I purchased back in the 1990s and had taken off because the leather had snapped, but I replaced it with leather boot strap-laces. I use it as a reminder…Yes, it is sad that we species of man need reminders that we are part of something much bigger that we truly are! In the scheme of life, we are absolutely small and almost meaningless. However, in both Matthew 10 and Luke 12 we can know that we are something of value, even in the eyes of our Creator. If He, God, pays attention to a sparrow or even knowing of the hairs of our heads…does that not mean that we have value in the grander scheme of life?
We are filled with the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, the same Spirit that breathed the breath of life into Adam (the first man), the same Spirit that was with David who was the man after God’s own heart. We have a powerful God who desires us to do well and to succeed in all that we do!
If we are what we think about, all day long (according to Dr. Robert Shuller); then if we would think on the tenets of the bible and the teachings of Jesus, we would (or could) be absolutely perfect! Unfortunately for us, we have a mind to shoes what we will…most times it is that which is for instant pleasure…no waiting. That is hard for us, but we can change…if we want to!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD