Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Comfortable Christian

Comfortable Christian.

This should be an oxymoron.

But here in America, I think we have it a bit mixed up. We think that the evidence of God's blessing is that we are comfortable.

Hmmmm....

Jesus never modeled comfort for us. In fact, He basically said that to follow Him was an invitation to come and die.

Well, that doesn't sound too appealing. How do you get followers when that is your tagline?

He even said strange-sounding things like, "...whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 10:39)

What does that mean? I read an illustration this morning that explained it perfectly. A horse trainer was describing the 'breaking' of a horse. "Until horses are broken they are only consumers. When they are broken they are not less alive, they are more alive. It's as if they have found their purpose, what they were made for. There is such a unity then between horse and master. Wild horses might seem spectacular as they race across a canon, but they are of no use to anyone but themselves. A horse that has been broken with love and respect is an animal in rhythm with it's destiny." (Gifts For Your Soul, pg. 129)

There is a popular brand of Christianity right now that is teaching that life is all about feeling good, being entertained and staying comfortable.

Really?

In my personal experience, I only feel alive when I am bowing to the will of the Master...the One who created me...the only One who knows what makes me tick and what will make me live in exhilaration and freedom. Yes, freedom. It is a perplexing paradox to come and die so that you can be free. But try it my friend, and you will experience it. Die to your own desires, die to your longing to be comfortable..and let's face it--we all love comfort.

And how does one do that?

It's not easy. Another paradox is that we KNOW what we should do, but we often don't do it.

Sigh....

It's a constant struggle with our selfishness. But God will help us if we ask Him.

So ask...

Come and die...

And be free to live a life of purpose, meaning and excitement. I promise you, you will not regret it. There is emptiness in our own comfort. There is fulfillment in following Christ.

13 comments:

Stefanie said...

So beautiful and SO true!
We saw a very powerful sermon a few weeks ago that touched on this very subject. The pastor basically said that anyone who wants to believe for the sake of being saved, yet continues to live in a self-satisfying way was a "Practical Atheist".
Tough to hear. But SUCH a necessary reminder!

Kristin Ferguson said...

Very true Karin and well written. I'm guilty of comfort seeking especially when it comes to my sleep! I know that bringing a 2yr. old home is going to keep me on my knees in many areas but especially in giving up control of my schedule. Thanks for the reminder!!
Kristin

Lori said...

I love the horse analogy. That is the perfect picture of being FREE in Christ through humble submission.

trustandobey said...

I really think , in my own life, and from what I experience in general with Christians I see and meet, that this IS our BIGGEST TRAP in America. This belief that God wants us "happy and cushy" all the time can totally undermine God's plans and purposes. It can so easily render us completely useless and I can just hear Satan laughing his head off. There is a little church near our house that always puts clever signs and quotes and sayings on its marquee. It is fun and challenging to read them each week. About a month ago, the sign read something like..."remember, the greatest man that ever lived, owned nothing..." I was completely convicted AGAIN by this simple reminder...

Cindy said...

Thanks Karin,
Love this reminder and the horse example, I'll share that one w/ my husband. Can't wait to hear all about your trip to Ryan!

sara said...

great post, Karin, and oh so true!!

Chris said...

Amen!

Shonni said...

This is so wonderful and so true.

Goodness and Mercy Mom said...

Beautiful post. God has been laying the same things on my heart lately, too. (I even quoted Matt. 10:39 on my blog Sunday.)

I found your blog through mutual bloggy friends. What a precious family you have! Tell your son serving in the military how much we appreciate his sacrifice and service for our freedom.

Much Love,
Kathie

Waitingfaithfully said...

Karin,

Thank you for the very true reminder, shared in love.

Thinking of you as you head off to see your soldier boy, and celebrate his huge accomplishment! So excited for all of you, and for Ryan. Oh what a time it will be! Safe travels. Looking forward to the next update! Enjoy your boy!

Love,

Tina

Tori said...

Excellent post Karin!

Christine said...

Amen Sista! Inspiring post!

soontobemomof9 said...

oh a big AMEN!