God Doesn't Want You to be Comfortable
At the beginning of the year this year my community group and I chose to pick a word that we wanted to pray about and work on for the year. I ended up not being able to choose just one, so my two words for this year have been: vulnerability and commitment. And I thought I was doing pretty good, ya know? I mean commitment I am generally good at, but I've done even better with writing a post for y'all once a week consistently and I've been doing a fairly decent job with the other projects I'm working on.
And I thought I'd been doing a good job at being more vulnerable too. I've been more intentional about sharing more with my friends and family and just generally trying to be more open with people about how I feel and what I'm thinking.
I thought I was doing just fine...
That is until, God decided to take things one step further and throw in a new relationship to this story of mine.
And all of a sudden vulnerability and commitment take on a whole new meaning.
It's almost as if God just popped in to say, "You think you got this, but you don't. I do."
You see, when we begin to get comfortable and begin to feel like we've achieved our goals, often times we feel as though we can rely less on God and more of ourselves - despite how much we had to rely on Him to even get to this point.
Comfort implies to our subconscious that we've made it, we've accomplished what we set out to do, and that everything is going to be okay.
It's almost as if comfort tells us we can stop making progress.
And we crave it. We crave that security and feeling of achievement that comfort brings.
But God wants more from us.
The devil tells us to become stagnant, but God tells us to grow.
God wants to continuously grow us and mold our hearts to make them more like His.
And at many times, it can be anything but comfortable.
Francis Chan wrote this awesome quote in his book, Crazy Love:
"But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through."
And again in his book, Forgotten God, he writes:
"It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace."
Scripture suggests a similar sentiment. Though we do find comfort in our good and gracious God, we can not find comfort in both the things of this world and His presence at the same time. We must be aware and willing to detach from our material things, our people things, and step into the protection of His spiritual things.
Rarely in the stories of scripture are those who sit at the top of the economic, social, political, or religious ladders the ones who find comfort in the Holy Spirit. Though there are many righteous Kings and Holy leaders throughout scripture, we often find that the times when they realize the power of the Holy Spirit, the times when they trust in Him the most, are the times when they are walking through their own dark valleys or struggling with their own weaknesses.
God wants to comfort us. But He wants us to seek comfort in Him.
I pray today that we not find comfort in our careers, our relationship statuses, our salaries, our success, our friends, or our family - but that we find comfort in Christ and Christ alone.
Let us not be afraid to step out of our worldly comfort zones so that we can step into the eternal comfort of His Holy Spirit.
My challenge to you today is this: do one thing today or this week that honors God and is just a step outside your comfort zone. I think we'll have some pretty cool stories to share if we do.