There is something I just love about crawling into my bed at night. Sliding under the cool sheets. Snuggling under the comforter. Listening to my sound machine drown out all the noise and distractions. All snug as a bug in a rug. And then opening up to God. Thanking Him for all the blessings in my life.
First, I start with the roof over my head. Then my car… my car with no mechanical problems and money for gas. The food available to fill my tummy and fresh drinking water that comes right out my faucet. Can’t forget the luxury of the indoor flushing toilet and hot water for bathing. How about my computer to write this post and smart phone to stay connected with the world? Yes, my first-world, modern conveniences are not taken for granted and are deeply appreciated.
If you are reading this blog post (via a computer or phone), you most likely have access to many of the same first-world, modern conveniences too. The list is endless. God has blessed us here in the United States beyond measure.
There is certainly nothing wrong in enjoying the gifts that the Father has bestowed upon us. But, can we become too comfy? Too complacent? Stagnant in our faith walk? Too dependent on our personal comfort and less dependent on our Creator, Provider…and Comforter?
Recently I had an encounter with our living Lord. Typical night, as I snuggled into my bed. Full of joy and thanksgiving. My thoughts of all to be thankful for swirled in my head. I vividly recall thanking God for my comfy bed…have I mentioned how much I love my bed?
And that’s when it happened!
That still, small voice inside me let me know that perhaps I had become a bit too dependent on my bed to bring me comfort and joy. Too dependent on my beige comforter instead of my Mighty Comforter.
I didn’t choose you to be comfortable, Brenda.
WHOA! Where did those words come from? Oh, yes…from the One who lives inside of me. Was I ever convicted from what I sensed came from the Holy Spirit!
Had my comforts become idols?
However, I couldn’t resist a smile. I would be leaving soon on a mission trip to Guatemala. Perhaps the trip had been placed on my heart because I needed to get out of my comfort zone?
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:16a,17
Yes, a smile of gratitude knowing that the Holy Spirit living in me silently speaks with such truth and love. He wants my life to be fruitful and productive, by fulfilling God’s purpose.
Our purpose is to glorify our Father. And that can’t be done in the quiet and the dark.
No, we are commanded to go out into the world! Called to let our light shine before others, so that they may see the good works of all believers and so that our Father who is in heaven will be glorified. (Matthew 5:16)
When Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples after the resurrection, He spoke the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
How committed are you to go and call others to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and accept Him as Lord and Master? Are you “all in” for Jesus?
Please understand there is nothing wrong with being comfortable! Thanking God for His blessings! But, we must never forget that this world is just our temporary home. One day all these “things” won’t matter.
What will be important? I’m thinking our obedience to the Great Commission is up there at the top.
The leap of faith we take to get uncomfortable and to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard of Him, or deny His authority, will matter one day.
Does that means going to a foreign country? Perhaps it simply requires a visit to the neighborhood grocery store. Or one might not have to go any farther than down the hall at home or the workplace.
All around this world there are folks who need to know about Jesus. Make yourself available. Get out of your comfort zone.
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:14-16
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for orchestrating this trip to Guatemala. I was reluctant in my decision to go, so thank You for leading me along Your path, instead of allowing me to stay in my comfort zone. Please, keep on reminding me, that You didn’t choose me to be comfortable. You chose me to go and bear fruit. To love You, to love others, and share the Good News of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I know it’s OK to enjoy my comfy bed, but may I find more joy in doing Your will.
More joy in worshipping my Comforter, not my own comforts.