New International Version
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 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 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
Paul says, “Don’t moan or complain.” Something has gone wrong if you are a moaner. May we be delivered from moaning and grumbling because it is not a good witness or testimony. The world watches us and we have got to be consistent in our witness at all times. We must make Continuing Progress and be a Continuing Witness.
Some of us are reading our way through Exodus at the moment and we are reminded how the Israelites moaned and complained in the wilderness. We can’t be blameless without God’s help. It’s a work of grace. In our character there should be no feature on which an outsider can pass a critical verdict.
Do you remember this chorus from Sunday School days? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine?”
Let us be light-bearers this week.