Wednesday, January 27, 2016

comfort, preference and mission

Humans have a preference, always.  Our preference is also always focused on our comfort.  We prefer our comfort over everything else.  We have designed our lives around comfort and we have turned our prayer life into pleas for our comfort.

God has a mission.  It involves a cross.  It involves sacrifice.  It is rarely concerned with our preference and would sacrifice our comfort at a moments notice for the sake of the mission.  The mission is connecting people.  Finding people and loving them.  Whatever it takes to get that done should be the priority for the Christian.

  • Park further away so visitors can park close? Done.
  • Sit in an unfamiliar pew so someone else can sit in my favorite spot?  Done.
  • Give money for the village in Nicaragua?  Done.
  • Give more money than I initially thought I should? Done.
  • Stop the gossip?  Done.
  • Be kind to the server, remembering that they are humans too?  Done.
  • Fight against selfishness within me?  Done..... well, at least we can work on that one.

Don't be afraid to be brutally honest with yourself about how much of your life is about your comfort and preference vs how much of it is about God's purpose.  The Holy Spirit is discovered at the outskirts of our preference.  God is desperately seeking those who will emerge from the edge of their comfort zone and give themselves completely to him and his work.

Something to think about.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

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