#160 One Aspect of Bearing the Weight of Holy Responsibility Philippians 2.14Jun 11th, 2012 | By admin | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)
Working many twelve hour days to meet end of the year deadlines is challenging!
Lack of time, energy and determination to carve out time for prayer and study was taking its toll. For a while I was feeling alone and when I lose my sense of connection with God and Christ, that is the time when I am most vulnerable to murmuring and dispute. Philippians 2:14-15 “…for it is GOD who works in you both to will and to work according to his good pleasure.” This conviction puts every challenge in its place, in the hand of God. This conviction puts ME in the hand of God!
Much love in Christ,
#160 One Aspect of Bearing the Weight of Holy Responsibility Philippians 2.14
Let us choose to focus not on the weight and heaviness of the trial, but the weight of the holy responsibility that has been entrusted to us. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to work according to his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 The Father and the Son, in partnership with each other, carry this awesome responsibility with us. We do not carry this privilege alone. Matthew 11:28-30
The next verse points us to a mindset that will help us to take this awesome responsibility:
“Do all things apart from murmurings and reasonings, that you may be faultless and simple, children of God, unblameable in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom ye appear as luminaries in the world, holding forth the word of life…” Philippians 2:14-15 Strong’s Interlinear
Murmer: Strong’s # 1112 gogusmos: a murmuring, muttering; displeasure or complaining, more privately than in public (Vines)
Reasonings: Strong’s #1261 diaglosimos: an inward reasoning, an opinion, then a deliberating, a questioning, and more strongly a disputing (Vines)
This verse strikes me in the light of a habit I have or talking about my frustrations under my breath. I lose something, and say ‘that was dumb.’ Someone else looses something and I say, ‘WHAT IS HER PROBLEM??? Why can’t she be more organized?’ In the moment of frustration I have called my husband a turkey for not bringing in more wood. What witness would I be giving if someone heard my under-the-breath comments? The spirit of complaining certainly does not help us take our responsibility before God, but rather shifts the attention and focus onto something or someone else and provides an easy way to avoid personal responsibility.
The spirit of disputing does not help us take our responsibility toward God either. We all have our opinions and we all think they are right, like the Country Western song with the words, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!” We want to stand for truth. Yet at times we may be standing for our opinion. At times we may be more focused on proving our view to be right rather than to investigate the scriptures to see what is true.
The mindset of gratitude (instead of complaint) will bring us to the fear and awe of God. Openness to learn and dialogue (instead of dispute) will make us ready to receive His direction and be empowered by His indwelling power.
Gratitude and openness to see and live His will place us squarely in the palm of His hand.