Stability. We strive to live stable lives. Stagnant, dormant, inactive lives. We want to be comfortable. God only work in a few areas of our lives, but we’ve got the rest. We only need Him on Sundays, but we’ve got it control on Monday.
It’s funny how often we endeavor comfortable lives. We believe that God will use us after we get that nice job, have that nice house, and driving that nice car.
Inside our souls we start to build these nice comfortable glass walls, beautiful interior, a spa that’s bigger than our bathroom, and a hot tube just because. We look out our glass houses into the world. Some of us will stay and lock themselves inside just because the world is so dirty, evil, and nasty. Others will smile and send money to those who are serving God. We’ll watch from our houses without ever thinking of doing what we’re viewing. Then when God asks us to go out of this comfort zone, and we get defensive. How can we leave the securities of this stable life? What would happen if I were to follow His will? Can we even trust God?
So instead, we start doing little things around the church community. We feel guilty, so we start to help out in the nursery, we clean up after the youth group, or we start attending that class in our church.
And then we wait. We wait for another time to do God’s will in our lives. It’s too uncomfortable right now to make relations with sinners. It’s too uncomfortable to teach a class at my church. It’s too uncomfortable to help out in the community. It’s too uncomfortable to become a church planter, or a missionary. (I know because I’ve struggled with this myself)
Our comfortable lives continue, in our comfortable homes, with our comfortable kids, in a comfortable neighborhood. Everything is safe. Nothing can go wrong.
Don’t attempt to give it all, strive to give it all.
We love to sing in worship and proclaim that we give it all to God, but is that true? Or do we make an attempt when it seems comfortable?
God’s Not Dead was a pretty good movie. It had some cheesy acting parts, but there was one scene that stood out the most for me. It was when the old lady was talking to her greedy son. He exclaimed how great and wonderful his rich lifestyle was, and the old lady’s response was, “Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.”
I feel like this is also true in a Christians life. We get so cozy with our life that we don’t want to leave. We don’t want serve God in ways that make us uncomfortable, so we make excuses. If God asks us to evangelize, we make an excuse and say no. “Oh well I’m kinda busy right now…Well I’ve got something to do…Well I don’t think I’m ready yet…”
Make disciples, not excuses.
Don’t live for yourself. Don’t build this comfortable jail cell that traps you from serving God. Experience the unknown that lies outside of your comfort zone. God’s got you! Jesus loves you! He’s pushing you because He knows you can do it. If the time is right, and you can feel it in your heart, then go out and do what God’s calling you to do! Don’t wait on Jesus for the right time, because He’s already waiting on you.
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)
So throw a rock at the glass house inside your soul. Break out of the jail cell, and give everything to God. Break out of your shell and overcome your fears.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)
Real love is not afraid.
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