Uncomfortable Christianity


Thursday, December 14, 2017


In our Christian life, we can find so much comfort in the Lord. After all, in 1 John 3:1 we read, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” To be able to call the creator of the universe our Father is an amazing thing. Verses like that bring a sense of comfort to my life, knowing that He wants a relationship with me and not just to know I exist. But, do we often confuse having comfort in God with leading a comfortable Christian life?  

These are two very different concepts. When we give our lives to the Lord, do we expect our life to be a life on “easy street”? Do we think that every day is going to be met with the sun shining, birds singing, and no real challenges coming our way?Should we expect that? Should we want that? The second half to 1 John 3:1 reads, “Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” After reading about the comforting of being called children of God, to a vastly different concept that the world doesn’t know us, gives us an idea of the life we should expect.

I know we may want our lives to be lived like the coffee mug quote Christian life; “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13) or “This is the day The Lord has made” (Psalms 118:24). But, we have to ask ourselves if that is the type of life God has promised and is that the life that we will reflect in our walk here on earth.

We know that when we give our lives to God, we no longer are an active part of this world but rather living here and sharing the love and redemption of Christ. If we are living a life that is comfortable with all that is going on around us, then are we actually living differently from those around us. If I am living comfortably in a world that is driven by its own desires, where evil is taking place each and people are walking around spiritually dead and heading for an eternal damnation, am I supposed to be comfortable with all that? We need to reflect on our expectations of the life we live here on earth. We need to see this as the time where we are spreading the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world, with the knowledge that our true home and eternity is in Heaven with our Father.

The Christian life is amazing and has a purpose that is much greater than ourselves. Through our reliance on God to strengthen us in everything we do, to drive us in everything we want to accomplish, to share His love because people are dying unsaved; that is why we shouldn’t expect a comfortable Christian life. If our life itself becomes comfortable, then we start to rely only on our own strength, the things I can get done without being pushed and must be ok with all that I see going on around me. I should be uncomfortable because I cannot be who God wants me to be without His power and love in me.

We should enjoy our life and have purpose each and every day. We should be thankful for all that God has given us through new life in Christ. We should be amazed that our Heavenly Father would use us to deliver the life-saving message of the Gospel. We should find comfort in the amazing grasp with which our Father holds us. We should be comforted by all that He has for us and does through us. But we should not expect a comfortable life while living in this world. We can expect to be uncomfortable on earth because our comforter is in Heaven waiting to hold us and love us for eternity. This life here on earth is where I currently live, but my home in heaven awaits me; that’s where I will be comfortable. Until then, I will be okay with an amazing but uncomfortable life here.

 

Author:

Rich McCarthy


 

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