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What we do, ought to be done to the glory of God.  Far too often, we grumble and complain which takes away from our witness.  When we murmur and complain it is a true indication our lights are not shining, but rather we are walking in darkness.  We owe God so much; it’s a blessing and a privilege to serve Him and to be part of the family of God.  Even when it comes to our giving, we know the Word says God loves a cheerful giver.  That is another indication that you are walking in the light of love.  How tragic it is that so many complain about giving, and regardless of the amount, they really lose the significance of giving when their spirits are not right.  This is a powerful scripture today because it speaks clearly about the importance of letting our lights shine brightly for Christ.  In Philippians 2:14 we find these words:

“Do everything without complaining and arguing,

Paul the humble servant of the Lord exhorts his readers to put forth their best efforts knowing God is with them.  Paul tells them to do all things without grumbling and questioning.  It is evident in the words that follow that he is thinking of the Israelites in the wilderness who so often missed out on God’s help, because they refused to trust Him.  They murmured against Him openly and doubted Him in their hearts. Paul tells the Philippians they must have a spirit of simple obedience so that they would be blameless and innocent. His desire was for them be the children of God without blemish, and they would walk with their light shining brightly. Paul is deliberate when he speaks to them about avoiding the darkness by holding fast to the Word of life.  What a powerful word Paul speaks to those he loves.  He is not harsh or cold, but rather his deep concern for them is that they might honor God by the way they live and serve.  It is my fervent prayer today you are serving God with a heart of gratitude, without mumbling or complaining; but you are freely and willingly offering to Him the very best you have.  May all of us seek to make our life shine brightly for Christ.

Philippians 2:14 (NLT)