“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe”
Jesus disciples led an interesting life whilst they were with Him. He called them to leave their ways of life and livelihoods and to follow Him. He sent the 12 out on a ministry expedition during which they drove out demons and cured diseases as they preached the kingdom of God. They were followed, later, by the 72. He had them handing out five rolls and two sardines to 5000 people, and then going round and collecting the bits and pieces left over. They had to fetch a donkey for Him to ride on, prepare a Passover Meal, sail a boat through a destructive storm, be caught out debating who was the greatest, be instructed to wash feet, have Him overturn their decision to keep children away from Him, bask in the triumphal entry, sleep through His agony, flee from those who arrested Him, leave Him alone during His persecution and watch Him die. In between there would have been the teaching, the miracles, the confrontations with the religious leaders, and the marvellous moments at the end of the day when they were alone with Him, if He wasn’t praying all night!
Then, after it was all over, the resurrection, the fear of reprisals, the Holy Spirit – and a new beginning. How many times might they have complained as they travelled onwards – little knowing where it was all leading, both for them and for humankind.
It is the same for us. It is so easy to complain about the annoyances of life and the things that we might have to do. We might feel that others have the glory roles and we are the unacknowledged ones in the background. We may feel taken for granted at church and at home, and even feel down about our impression of ourselves. But, it is not about us, it is about the Lord. Whatever we can do for Him, or in His name, should be an honour, no matter how big or how small. And, like us, those around us are on their own journeys from darkness into light, from death to life, from imperfection to completeness. It is not all going to seem fair and lovely and peaceful.
But again, it is Jesus and His Kingdom. He is in control. He does know and understand. He does love us. And we can never tell what might be around the corner for us today, tomorrow, next year or whenever – and how our faithfulness in small and irritating things might be the foundation for something greater one day.
So, let’s be grateful for what we do have, for what we can do, and for the God who has called us His own. He is our peace – no one and nothing else.
Tale a decision – and list some of your blessings
Father, You have blessed me in many ways – thank You. Please help me to walk every day with You attending to what You lay before me in a way that honours You. Amen.