Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
— Philippians 2:14-15
Charles Spurgeon illustrated complaining in the church today this way: A heavy wagon was being dragged along a country road by a team of oxen. The axles groaned and creaked terribly, so the oxen turned around and addressed the wheels, “Why are you making so much noise? We’re doing all the work up here!”
Spurgeon went on to teach how those who complain first in our churches quite often have the least to do. He said, “The gift of grumbling is largely dispensed among those who have no other talents, or who keep what they have wrapped up in a napkin.”
It’s sad today how so many faithful men and women have put themselves on the shelf of our churches and become critics instead of servants. They’ve reach a certain age where they think, “Well, it’s time to let the younger people start doing the work.” So they claim their pew spot for Sunday, stop serving in the church, and then criticize those who are actually doing something!
Now not all criticism is invalid. But if you want to have the right to critique, be involved in serving at your church. Commit to the body of Christ so that when you do have input, it will be received with respect and love for your service to the Lord!
Ask God to help you give input to others in a spirit of service and love—not grumbling or complaining.
Questions for Thought
What do you think is the number one area of contention in our churches today?
How can you help bring people together and be a part of the solution?