Have you fallen into the trap of “Comfortable Christianity”? Is being a “believer” or “follower of Christ” a rather easy or uneventful endeavor for you? I want to warn you: Biblically speaking, there’s no such thing as a “Comfortable Christian” – so I would encourage you to read on…
Don’t get me wrong…there’s great joy, rest, love, encouragement, and all types of wonderful gifts of grace that God lavishes on His children. But if you find yourself “comfortable” in the life you’re living – blending in with the culture around you – then chances are you’re not heeding Christ’s call to take up your cross and follow Him.
Throughout scripture we see over and over again examples of sacrifice, strife, trials, and difficulties that true followers of Christ experienced. We read warnings as to how families will be broken apart (Matthew 10:34-39), and read exhortations and calls to SACRIFICE ourselves for the sake of the Kingdom. We read the command in scripture (by Christ himself) to “Go” out into the world and to proclaim the Gospel, not worrying about the consequences this may have – knowing that God will strengthen and sustain us in whatever it brings.
But us Americans…in our big comfortable homes…with our comfortable careers…going about our comfortable daily routines… we somehow feel we’re “exempted” from this life described in scripture – and we prove this with how we spend our time, money, and efforts. For example, we spend more time being entertained by our televisions than being shaped by God’s word. We spend more money on luxuries and entertaining experiences than on evangelism and spiritual growth. We expel more effort talking about nonsense with our friends than sharing the overwhelming grace that God has given us (through Christ) with those who are lost and dying. In fact, many of us go weeks, months, and even YEARS without sharing the gospel, and sadly, some have NEVER shared the Gospel.
So if you profess to know Christ – to believe in Him and His Word….I want to challenge you to take a moment to evaluate your life TODAY. Right Now! Evaluate how you spend your time, your efforts, your money. You may attend church weekly, but when was the last time you shared the gospel with a stranger, a family member, a friend or a coworker? How much have you sacrificed in terms of time and finances to see the Kingdom impacted or the Bride of Christ (the Church) sustained or increased? If you find that you are living a life of “Comfort” and “Conformity” to the world around you, I pray that your heart is impacted today with these words. I pray that you’ll align yourself with scripture. I pray that you “lay down your life” as Christ calls us to do, and that He will use you your sacrifices to save the souls of men and women who are currently destined for an eternity in Hell.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” – 1 John 3:16