What's Wrong With Grumbling?

by Jarrod McClintick

by Jarrod McClintick

Read: Philippians 2

We all imagine life going a certain way in our minds. The problem is that no matter how much we put into preparing for each day, unforeseen circumstances can leave us feeling frustrated.

Many people hold onto the lie that Christians won't have troubles. Jesus tells us clearly in John 16:33, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

The question isn't whether we will have problems. The question is how are we to respond to them.

In Philippians 2, Paul says that we are to have the same mindset as Christ. Jesus' life was full of trouble. He had every reason to complain, but never did. And even though Jesus was God in the flesh, He never used His equality with God to avoid trouble. He humbled Himself and took the position of a servant.

Think about that for a minute. Now think about the things we complain about:

Why is God not giving ME what I want?

Why can't they ever get MY order right?

Why didn't they give ME a raise?

Why can't MY life be easier?

Could selfishness be at the root of some of our complaints? Or pride?

Jesus didn't deserve the pain and trouble He suffered, yet He never once grumbled about it. That kind of behavior got people's attention and gave Him great influence. Can you imagine if we all had that same attitude? We would shine among our generation "like stars in the sky" (Philippians 2:15).

When you choose to humble yourself (yes it's a choice), having an attitude of gratitude, you point people toward Jesus. When you choose to grumble, you turn them away.

Jesus came to lead others to His Father. When He left the earth, He challenged us to do the same. As we choose to humble ourselves, rather than grumble and complain, we point people toward our Father.


  • What's one thing you've grumbled or complained about this week?
  • How could humility and gratitude change your attitude toward that situation?