Today's Scripture: "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain." Philippians 2:14-16 NET
“You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
Today's verse admonishes us to do everything without complaining or arguing so that we can be points of light in the world of darkness around us. However, complaining indicates we think we know better than God does, or that what He has provided is not good enough. The message we are sending is we don't really trust God. If we, who are Christ’s followers don’t trust Him, then why should a lost and dying world? Arguing shows that we are not putting the other persons needs above our own, that we think more highly of ourselves than we ought, that we are not at peace with one another, and that we don't really love each other. Jesus said, "Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Do we want the world to know we are His disciples? Do we want to be blameless and pure children of God? Today, let us strive to live in such way that we shine His light as we hold fast to the Word of life.