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Why Do People Complain?

Something to think about in the events surrounding the birth of Jesus:
• Did Joseph complain about Mary packing too many things for the journey?
• Did Mary complain about Joseph not making reservations in the Inn?
• Did either Mary or Joseph complain about having to pay taxes? Or who they had to pay taxes to?
• Did the shepherds argue about who saw the angels first? Or who was the first one to see Jesus?
• Did the inn keeper complain about having too many people needing rooms?
• Did the Magi complain about how far they had to travel or that their GPS system seemed to get hung up on Bethlehem and they had to stop and ask for directions?
• Did Joseph complain about the king trying to kill Jesus? Or did he complain about having to take Baby Jesus to Egypt?

The people were so glad to see Jesus come that they only thought about Him, not their own situation.
On the other hand, the only person who had a negative response to the birth of Jesus was King Herod. He was upset because the Magi had tricked him and by going back a different direction and did not tell the king the location of Jesus.

Why was it important to King Herod to know where Jesus was? King Herod did not want the competition; he did not want Jesus to rule the country.

Later in the New Testament it tells of the Pharisees complained to the disciples about Jesus. They did not want Jesus interfering with their practices and methods of generating money.

The only people in the Bible who complained about Jesus were the people who did not want Jesus in their life. They were content to run their own lives without Jesus.

Is that true today? Yes, the people who do not want Jesus ruling their lives, still complain about Jesus.
“So, what is the point?” you ask. If we are following Jesus, why are we complaining about our situation? Are we thinking about ourselves, or are we thinking about Jesus?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3(NIV)

All scripture used in this blog were downloaded from biblegateway.com

Complaining to Jesus

In Luke’s Gospel, in the last part of chapter 10, Luke is telling about an instance where Jesus was visiting some of his close friends prior to his crucifixion. The specific friends were Mary and Martha.

When Jesus came to the house, Mary sat at his feet, listening to what Jesus had to say.

Her sister Martha, who’s house Jesus was visiting,  was busy making preparations. Verse 40 says:

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10:40 (NIV)

Martha was the owner of the house so it seems like the preparations were her responsibility. In her mind she must have thought Jesus would agree with her, so she complained to him.

How many times in our Christian life, do we point out the faults of other people because they aren’t preparing for Christ’s return like we are. They don’t worship like we do; they worship on the wrong day; they play the wrong music in church; they aren’t helping the homeless;  and the list goes on.

We tend to complain to Jesus when people don’t believe the way we do, but we do not show them the love that God shows us. We would rather try to make them live by our standards, than to tell them about the love of God and what he has done for us.

Here is Jesus response to Martha:

 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

What was Mary doing? She was setting at Jesus feet listening to what Jesus had to say. She was ’loving’ on Jesus.

Jesus told Martha that it was more important to hear was Jesus had to say than to preparing the house for guests.

The best way we can prepare people to meet the Lord, is to ‘love’ on Jesus and do what Jesus said we should do.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

Note: All scriptures used in this article have been downloaded from http://www.biblegateway.com/?version=NIV unless otherwise noted.