August 11, 2018
Philippians 2:13-15..For it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings. 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.
This scripture confirms the fact that God created us so that he can work through us to fulfil his good pleasure for the world. Our duty is to make ourselves available so that wherever we are posted or positioned, we should remind ourselves that we are there to do His will which always brings glory to Him. Now that we are aware that His will is paramount in whatever we do, we should be careful the way we carry out that good work. It must be done without murmurings or complaining. Murmuring when doing our “good work” is not pleasing unto God, because you are saying that you are not satisfied or happy with the work given to you for whatever reason. You might think that the work is below your standard, or the work is too much for you, or you don’t have time for such work. The Bible says we must do ALL things without murmurings and disputings. Joseph found himself as a slave in Portiphar’s house because his brothers sold him due to envy or bitterness against him. He did not complain once and he did everything to God’s satisfaction. The Lord made Portiphar’s house to prosper because of Joseph and Portiphar realized this and he placed everything in his house under the control of Joseph, a slave. What a reward from the LORD as a result of Joseph pleasing Him. Will you not say with me that he had every reason to complain and murmur because of what his brothers did to him? Yet he did everything to God’s pleasing. He found himself again in prison due to his master’s wife that put him into trouble by lying against him. Even in prison, he behaved himself wisely (no frowning or murmuring), and he was placed in charge of the prisoners, due to his outstanding job among the prisoners.
The Bible recognizes that you could have a master that is wicked, or you could be denied your right because of jealousy or envy, or you could even lose your job because you are not compromising your faith, nevertheless, you should still do everything that will make you blameless and harmless, because you are sons and daughters of God. The world has not changed from being crooked or perverse, we are the people that should continue to be lights in their midst. We are supposed to expect anything from anyone because Devil has corrupted the world. Remember that whatever we do will be rewarded both here and in the world to come. Therefore our God wants us to be like Joseph who endured all the humiliation in a foreign land away from his family and at the end, he became the second in command to the king in the same land. So it is God that works through his people both to will and to do of his great pleasure. The LORD will use us to do his great and mighty work so that more people can be brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Prayer; Lord give me the grace to do what is pleasing to you in all my circumstances in Jesus Name, Amen.