Never Complain Again?!

 

It sounds unrealistic, but I think it’s biblical.  Let me show you why.

 

Colossians 1:18 (ESV)

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

 

God the Father intends for Jesus the Son to be preeminent in everything.  At every moment in time. At every place in time. God’s desires for this are comprehensive and exhaustive.  That’s what the term “everything” means.  Always and everywhere.  Let’s see then how the Scriptures apply this to the behavior of God's children.  I’m looking for passages that use comprehensive terms like “always” and “all things.”

 

Philippians 2:14 (ESV)

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,

 

Or as he would say it more positively:

 

Philippians 4:4 (ESV)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

 

Even though it sounds realistic, it is what God expects and even commands of his children.  He does give us a reason why.

 

Romans 8:28 (ESV)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

 

This might seem not only unrealistic but well nigh impossible.  Well, it is, and in fact, God has you covered there too.

 

Matthew 19:26 (ESV)

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God

all things are possible.”

 

So, let me encourage you wherever you are and whatever you are doing.  Your attitude toward God is fundamental to any spiritual growth that you might experience.  What you believe in your heart is going to make its way out of your mouth.  So look deep into your heart and find that God is working there to make you like his Son and rejoice in that. And then slowly but surely learn to rejoice in that always and everywhere.