May 23, 2014
READ: Philippians 2:12-16
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
The church is an army. We have a mission and a vision. The church is a powerful tool in the hands of the Lord for the harvesting of souls in this lost and dying world. "And the LORD shall utter his voice before his ARMY..." (Joel 2:11).
How can we save the lost when we are not disciplined? How can we save the lost when we cannot take instructions without murmuring? What sort of army goes to battle with complaining and disputing ranks? An army officer in my church told me about a saying in the army, "Obey before you complain. "Murmuring is the undertone disagreement and protest over an issue or situation by discontented people. Every Christian must avoid it at all costs. Christian leaders must keep murmuring to a minimum. Identify murmuring as one of the enemies of progress in the work of the Lord.
Remember that the children of Israel were rapidly streaming out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. God was blessing them, and things were getting better; but when they encountered some difficulties they began to complain, and this murmuring led to the termination of their progress.
I would prefer not to have any murmurers in my church, even if they are wealthy or influential. I submit that the only good murmurer is an absent murmurer! "NEITHER MURMUR YE, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed... "(1 Corinthians 10:10). The poison of murmuring destroys many potential Christian leaders.