Posts Tagged ‘comfort’

“And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.’ As he said these things, he called out, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'”

Luke 8:4-8 (ESV)

There have been many times in my life that I have been the good soil. Those are the times I am faithful and find myself living my life fully for Christ. But if I were honest with myself, I have been the seed in the thorns most of my life. I am guilty of serving “leftovers” to God because of my own desires for a comfortable life. I become distracted and fall to the ways of the world. God warns us many times of the dangers of being a lukewarm Christian. His harshest words are to those that maintain a minimal commitment to Him and don’t pursue Him passionately. We need to take words of Jesus at face value and allow them to impact us.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)

As I look back on my life, my faith was mostly shaped by how I was raised in the church. I was exposed to a fear-based type of Christianity growing up. I gave my life to Christ because I didn’t want to go to hell. I struggled with guilt and shame when I was caught in sin. Jesus calls us to let go of everything and follow Him. This is what I learned later in life when I gave my life to Christ. I learned that His grace covers us. His love for us should cause us to respond with an all-consuming love for Him. He wants our best. We need to adopt a posture of obedience where we let go of everything we have and joyfully cling to God.

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These are examples of stories in the Bible of responses to God when He calls on us

Numbers 13:30-14:23

I love this passage of scripture. But at the same time it can be scary. God is asking a question – How big am I? The people of Israel were afraid to cross into the land God promised to them because there would be huge trials ahead. Even though God delivered them from Egypt, they still doubted Him.

Everything great for God costs deeply

God asked the question to Moses “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?” (Numbers 14:10-12). How do we respond to the question if God is big enough? We answer this by what we do or don’t do. People (and churches) who blink lose the glory. The Israelites that had doubt did not cross into the promised land because they didn’t have faith that God would deliver them. But in the book of Joshua, the generation that followed had great faith and God used them in amazing ways.

Esther 4:12-14

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

God invites us to join his work – it’s an invitation. God draws, reveals and convicts. It is key to realize why He is positioning us. Just know that comfort is never a part of His agenda. Esther had to make a choice. She was placed in a unique situation and had to have an answer to God’s calling. Her answer brought glory because doing nothing isn’t an option.

God has a purpose for you to fulfill

Genesis 22:1-2

God wants to know – If I ask … would you? Will you give me all of you?

God asks this question of Abraham because he was prideful (Genesis 12), manipulative (Genesis 16) and selfish. He tests our faith. He wants to know where our hearts reside. In this moment, Abraham had to give an answer to God’s calling by trusting Him.

Some questions have to be asked because giving the answer changes me

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