January 13, 2012 by Chris French
What does it take to be blameless and innocent to God? Several answers may be coming to your mind, but direct your thoughts to Philippians 2.14-15. “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” In the context Paul is urging the Philippians to continue to do the good works they were doing while he was in Philippi even though he wasn’t there. Then he talks about the attitude they do these good works with. They should be happy to do the good things of Christ. These actions shouldn’t be followed with grumbling or complaining. If we do the good works of Jesus with the right attitude we will be God’s perfect children. That’s certainly how I want God to consider me! I don’t want the Father to look at me and see Agent 007 with a license to complain about doing the activities that bring glory to Him. Let’s get busy doing good things with a good attitude.
Paul also talks about how well Christians fit in with non-believers. We don’t! He says Christians should stand out from the people in the world like the stars stand out from the darkness in the night sky. Does that describe you? Is the way you talk diametrically different from people who don’t know Jesus. Has He taken profanity, gossip, complaining and anger out of your mouth or are you an Undercover Christian? What about what you watch and listen to? Do you and your non-Christian friends listen to the same music and watch the same shows? Paul says someone looking from the outside in at us should be able to tell the difference between us and a non-believer just as easily as we can tell the difference between a star and the night sky. Is that true with your media choices or have you concealed your Christianity in that respect?
Why are our actions and attitudes so different from non-believers? Because we’ve been transformed by the power of Jesus’ blood! (Romans 12.2) He now expects us to straighten up this “crooked and twisted generation”. Are you overwhelmed? How are we going to do that? Where do we start? You start with yourself! Re-sensitize yourself to the ways of God. Strive to do the good works and be happy to do them, beat your words into submission and fight for purity in your media choices. Shine like stars in this dark generation!