14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Phil 2:14-16 (KJV)

Of all the children of Israel that were saved from the bondage of Egypt, only two made it to the promised land. Over and over, the children of Israel would go against the wishes of our God and act in a manner un-becoming a follower. They felt that God gave them all these things and He will continue to put up with their bad behavior all the way to the promised land. Because of their disobedience and because of their murmurings, they did not make it.

We are told that every word we speak will be judged (Matt 12:36). And, when we look at this passage in Philippians, we see that we too can loose that Promised Land based on what comes out of our mouth. When we choose to follow Christ, we need to be all in; walking the walk and talking the talk. We are to be a light. What we say can directly influence the perception that people have of us. Do we have to tell people we are a Christian, or do they know because how we walk and talk. What we say when pressure is against us, when we are around friends and family, or in casual conversation with a stranger in a grocery line will either give attention to us or to God. We need to be conscious of what we speak, that we “have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.”
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