I don't know about you, but I like to be comfortable. When I bought my new car last year I tested it out to see if the seats were nice and cushy. I want shoes that make my feet happy and everyone enjoys sitting on a couch that seems to snuggle up with you! Comfort has become a part of our life! You could even say that we as Americans tend to make it a top priority in our lives.
Our pastor began a sermon series this past Sunday highlighting ways that we as Christians have allowed that mentality to seep into our relationship with Him.
"People don't want to be challenged anymore let alone changed. People these days don't want to face the facts that they could be wrong. They don't want to be convicted...they want to be entertained." - Pastor Bell
So because of this they have created their own version of God that exists only in their own mind. A God that is concerned with and understands our desire for comfort. This is a a false idol! That is what we create when we call our apathy comfort and then worship it!
I know....I know....my words may sound offensive to you. You may be indifferent and think that you don't have an issue with this matter, but it swoops into our lives in shades of gray. I mean, it's alright to miss church for the next three weeks because you want to spend time on the lake in your new boat....God will understand....He wants you to have fun....right?! It's okay to sleep in on Sundays....God knows it's your only day to sleep in, right?! It's okay to skip your prayer time to just chill and watch TV or play video games....you had a rough day...God understands that!
No, He doesn't!!! When you are in need of rests He tells us in His Word to come to Him! He promises us that He will give us rest....can Nintendo or XBox give you the same promise?! We all know the answer to that question!
Listen to what God's Word has to say...
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14-16.NIV
1 Peter 1:14-16.NIV
We are called to live holy lives as a light for those around us! Our goal is not comfort....our goal is holiness! Holiness isn't necessarily comfortable! It is dying to ourselves daily and disregarding the desires of our flesh as we pursue the desires of God in our life!
So when you get tired and think that you DESERVE a little bit of comfort in your life...just keep going. God will fill you with strength and peace as you pursue Him. He has a plan and purpose for you and He wants you to keep going!
Thanks for reading!!