My Big Fat Mouth 1 – Cut the Complaints 1/10/18 (HS)
Theme verse: “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
“ They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” (Exodus 14:11-12)
Imagine if every time that we complain, it’s not just about our circumstances or about the traffic or about another person, but what if in God’s eyes, we were actually complaining about Him?
The problem is that we’ve taken our eyes off of the goodness of God and we’ve placed our eyes dead center on ourselves.
“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 2:14-15)
1. If you can change your circumstances, then do something about it.
- If you can’t change your circumstances, then change your perspective.
“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2:17-18)
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.” (Philippians 1:12-13)
When Jesus is the center of your story, it changes how you let your story be told.
– What do you complain about most? What’s the most trivial thing you complain about?
– How would it change your view of complaining if you knew God was the end recipient?
– Do you more often need to change your circumstances or your perspective? How could you, like Paul, flip your perspective about the struggles you’re facing?
– How does gratitude affect our perspective and our complaining? How could gratitude grow in your life?
– What will you do differently this week because of what you learned tonight?