How Comfortable is Too Comfortable?
A few days ago the humidity of Florida made an unexpected appearance in my apartment. While it is nice to not have a freeze warning to worry about, Florida's winter is often a better experience without the normal heat and humidity we often have to deal with.
So when the humidity came I turned into quite the complainer. Much like the current Snickers commercials that show grown men posing as overly complaining celebrities because they were hungry I let my wife know how uncomfortable I was. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXJIMdbJeHI)
The funny thing is my wife is six months pregnant with back aches, soreness, etc. and I'm upset about the weather. Seems even to me...
While this is a simple illustration I think it parallels our Christian walk in some ways. We all have a desire and sometimes an expectation within us to be comfortable as Christians. We like the safety and security that we believe God can give us but is that what God has called us to?
Are we supposed to seek comfort in this life?
In his book "Forgotten God" Francis Chan poses a simple question, "Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?"
I believe God doesn't want us to settle for comfort in our Christian faith. God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit who is our "Comforter" or "Counselor" (John 14:26). So while many are seeking to find comfort in this world on their own God seems to be saying that we are in need of this Holy Spirit who will bring comfort to us for a specific purpose.
Paul wrote this to the church in Philippi, "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith in the Gospel" (Philippians 1:27). Their standing firm was in the face of suffering for the gospel of Christ. God calls us not to comfort but to strive as one body to suffer for the sake of Christ which then will allow the Holy Spirit to work in us by comforting us. This calling to suffer for the gospel allows for a deep and meaningful connection with God.
So the thing to consider for us is simple. Do we find more comfort in being comfortable in this world or in doing the will of God by striving and suffering for the Gospel?
Which one will allow you to experience a deeper connection with God?
Posted on Thu, February 28, 2013
by Griffin Gilstrap