As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
I maintain that if you’re not careful, comfort can be a slow-acting ailment to your drive. Comfort creeps into your life when you’re not paying attention, and all of a sudden you find yourself stagnant. It’s easy to let myself get lazy when I’m comfortable. I read an interview with a guitarist who I respect, and he addressed the issue of comfort. He talked about playing a live show, and if it would take three steps for him to get from the guitar to the organ mid-song, he would put the organ four steps away. For me, the struggle is what makes the end result so gratifying. Christianity is no different.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ―Theodore Roosevelt
It’s easy for me to look at the mountains in front of me, and out of fear of failure not take the first step toward the other side. Taking that step is difficult when you know that things like financial troubles, broken relationships, and insecurity could be waiting for you along the way. When you’re comfortable, it’s hard to leave the safe places you have built, and take that step. Jesus talked about the greater things He has for us…achieving them might not be comfortable, but I can promise you it will be worth it.
This week I want to challenge you to take that step. Climb that mountain. Make yourself uncomfortable. It won’t be easy, but the Holy Spirit will be there to guide you every step of the way. Don’t let things like fear and comfort have control over your decisions, but act courageously in spite of them.