Are you a moaner?
I’ve worked in quite a few workplaces – bars, shops, homes, schools and offices.
With different kinds of workplaces come different kinds of people. But when it comes to my colleagues, one thing has remained the same.
It’s often about the boss. The hours. The suppliers. The boredom. The water machine. But whatever it is we’re moaning about, Christians should remember the gospel.
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." Philippians 2:14-16
Refusing to moan means we show ourselves to be children of God among those who are not. Have you ever thought that not joining in with your colleagues’ grumbling is a powerful witness to Christ?
This is because moaning – or not – sends out a strong message about the state of our hearts.
It exposes that we think we have rights that aren’t being met. I deserve better than this. It reveals a discontentment. This isn’t enough for me.
But which Christian, adopted into God’s family, can believe that?
A Cheerful Heart
We deserved death and judgment (Romans 1:32). But now we have every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). We have life to the full – a life which has begun now, and will be fulfilled in the new creation.
We have the promise that the Lord is with us and is using our work situation and circumstances to make us more like Jesus.
We have the promise that our work is purposeful and useful as it glorifies God and serves his world.
We have it far better than we deserve. The more we grasp this, the more our joy will increase.
And with joy, comes a cheerful spirit (Proverbs 17:22).