If we want to make a difference in the world, we must avoid sounding just like the world. We are called to rid ourselves of complaining as we follow Jesus.
- I have been given a perfect Savior, so why should I complain about imperfect stuff?
- The challenges of the Christian life will lead us to whine or worship.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 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, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
5 Reasons Why We Should Stop Whining
- Whining Hurts Our Witness
- When your words sound just like the world’s, no one can tell the difference from you.
- Whining Distracts from the Gospel
- Every word wasted on bad news decreases the opportunities to share the good news.
- Whining Overlooks the Promise of Eternity
- You would have the right to be letdown in this life if you didn’t have your resurrected life to come.
- Whining Robs Opportunities to Serve
- God can use the hardest situations in your life to be the greatest opportunities for impact.
- Whining Leaves a Bad Example
- Your attitude – good or bad – sets the standard for those around you.
- Are you focusing on the negative more than the positive?
- Are you disappointed on earth because you are longing for heaven?
- Have you made your comforts your priority?
Do your words lately reveal a grateful heart or a grumbling spirit?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.