Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Philippians

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.


He's asked them to have the mind of Christ, which is of course no small matter.  He wants them to do things without complaint or argument.  How hard is that!  And not just some things, or things related to the church, but ALL things.  I can't even get out of bed in the morning without having a complaint about the temperature or an argument with myself about the snooze button.

Yet it is important, so that we might be blameless among those around us.  Lights in the world.  All of our talking and theology is meaningless to most people, but if we can show forth the joy and good works that would take place if we let God rule our lives, then we wouldn't have to talk much about theology.  "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary."

It is amazing how contagious we can be with our faith if we let it shine though.  God has placed such shiny happy people on my path for me to find and to infect me with His love, even when I wasn't looking for it.  We do not live in a peaceful world, but we can help bring peace to those around us.

Look at this woman, sentenced to die for being a Christian.  How did she get caught?

It all began a year and a half ago, with a quarrel over a bowl of water. A group of women farm workers were suffering in the heat near a village in Pakistan's Punjab province. Aasia Noreen, an illiterate 45-year-old mother of five, offered them water, but was rebuffed. Noreen was a Christian, they said, and therefore her water was unclean — sadly, a common taunt hurled at Pakistan's beleaguered Christians. But rather than swallowing the indignity, she mounted a stout defense of her faith.
 Where's the light you ask?  The article continues:

Noreen's case has spurred the first genuine debate over some of Pakistans most controversial laws.
This woman, by standing up for her belief, AFTER being a good Christian to begin with by offering the water, is bringing international attention to their unjust laws and to the light of Christ though her behavior.  She is infecting people with His love she will never meet or see.

Paul is asking his readers, and us, to do the same.  No, we'll never have to face the death penalty here in America for being Christians (hopefully), but maybe we can stop complaining about the temperature and be a bit more contagious in our joy and good works.

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