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Don't Get Comfortable

It is a theory of mine that most of us just want a comfortable and secure life. Really we are not asking for much, just a life filled with love, relationships, and nice surroundings. We are not asking for mansions, popularity, and millions in the bank, just enough to be comfortable.

We might not be asking for much, but it is here is where we clash with God. It is in our comfort, when things are nice and easy, that we stop trusting God. Instead of worshipping the Provider we begin to worship what He has provided. We may not put it in those terms, but that is what we do. Every time we ignore God and pursue what we want is evidence that we are worshipping something other than our Creator and Savior. For this reason God doesn’t allow our lives to remain comfortable. Instead He calls us into the unknown and to follow Him.

God called to Abram. Abram was to leave his home land and everything he knew and follow God to a land Abram knew nothing about. Abram went, and in the process learned to trust God. Abram, later known as Abraham, had to leave the comfort of the life he had created and follow God into the great unknown.

Nicodemus came to Jesus to inquire whether or not Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to abandon what he had learned and trust in Jesus. Nicodemus didn’t understand what Jesus meant, but he decided to follow Jesus, and his life was changed. No longer did Nicodemus trust solely in the Law, but now he trusted in the Giver of the Law.

A rich young man came to Jesus with a question. “How do I get eternal life?” Jesus gave him an answer that the young man didn’t expect. The young man was looking for a discipline or a ritual to add to his collection of good works, but Jesus said, “Sell what you have and give it to the poor, and then come follow me.” The young man went away sad, because he was unwilling to give up what was comfortable. He missed out on God, because he insisted on worshipping his wealth.

When God calls us into the unknown, it is imperative that we follow. It might be a call to physically move, or it could be a call to change our doctrine, or it could be a call to action. Whatever it is, God is calling us for a reason. Only by leaving what is comfortable and following God can we experience God for who He is. Ultimately we worship God by following Him into the unknown.

Worship is more than singing songs, it is about trusting God. When we worship God only on Sunday mornings we don’t give Him the all honor He deserves. Worship is seen through our trust in God.

It is also through following God into the unknown that we learn the most about God. Study is very important. It is, in fact, essential, for the Bible provides us with the truth we need to learn about God. Yet it is experience which makes what we know about God move from our heads into our hearts, so that we know God, and not just information about Him. Only when we move with God into the unknown do we truly have a relationship with Him.


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