Seek first the Kingdom of God
and His righteousness.
And all these things will be added unto you!
The following contribution to the PRAYING FOR THE ARMY series is submitted by
J. P. Long
Divisional Sergeant Major
Grumblers / Our Own Desires Jude 1:12-16
Nobody likes a grumbler. We all have heard grumblers. Jude points out one example that the Jews understand all to well. This grumbling has been going on for centuries. Grumbling here could be translated as murmurings. This is what the people of Israel did when they were wondering around the dessert. You really don’t think they sat there and said what a fun time this is walking around in the heat of the dessert, and you thought this week was hot. They were sitting there grumbling the whole time, this was not a loud up roar of people this was the under the breath type grumbling.
So I guess you ask ok so people walking around a desert for forty years were grumbling, that’s nice, what does it have to do with me? Well it does lets face it folks we still grumble. WE are people that love to grumble. WE do not want to actually confront someone and ask them to explain their position we would rather talk about them behind there back. WE don’t want to be real loud about it. Let me give you a good example of how we grumble. The boss, when is the last time he worked, How in the world does he expect me to do something when he doesn’t ever do anything.
Why do we have to sing all these songs in church, why cant we sing a song take an offering and get out of here. Just who does he think he is coming here and tell me how to live my life. Grumbling is not a part of heaven thank you God and grumbling should not be a part of us.
There was a guy name Jack, he was the biggest grumbler I have ever met. No matter what we did he was always grumbling. We would do the same thing and he would grumble about how boring it was, we would try something new and he would grumble about how dumb it was. No matter what grumble grumble grumble.
What if instead of grumbling we were to lift people up and share new ideas.
What if instead of telling them what they did wrong, accented the positive.
I will tell you what would happen. Confidence would go up, performance would go up, love would increase, happiness would be realized, things would get done, and we would have a better concept of how the body of Christ works
(Our Own Desires)
Jude is following up on a comment that Paul made in Col. 2:18 (Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.) What was happening while this book was written is people were doing there own thing and call it worship. They were not sticking to the commands of the Bible. They would find whatever they liked and worshiped it. It did not matter were the source came from just as long as there was something that they liked, or something that they could make other do. Remember when Mosses received the 10 commandments on the mountain came down and saw every one worshipping a gold cow they made that cow up. They were worshiping the cow as if it were God. That is the type of person that Jude is after.
Ok so a bunch of people follow their own will and worship cows made out of gold, you properly saying to yourself the last time you checked you never made a golden cow. That is probably true. However, we find our own Golden Cow to worship. We find other things that become our first love. This is so easy to do. We can easily begin to worship the TV without even thinking about it, we will put it before everything else that we do.
You know I love Football, I could watch football 24 hours a day. When I think of doing things, rather it is problem solving at work or working around the house. There was a time that it was all I thought about. It really became my first love. Football was my Golden Cow. See how easy that was to happen. That is what we do when we follow our own desires rather then God’s desires. That is what we need to make sure that we avoid at all cost. Don’t make golden cows.