As humans, we love to be comfortable. We want to have nice things. We would love for our lives to go smoothly. Today’s culture promotes putting yourself first and following your own heart. God calls us to do the complete opposite. As Christians, we aren’t called to be comfortable, but to serve selflessly. We are to put others first and follow Jesus because our own hearts are selfish. Jesus promises us that living this way will be hard. Other people won’t understand. But it will all be worth it in the end as we expand the kingdom of God.
What does living an uncomfortable life mean?
When we give our life to Christ, we deny ourselves and dedicate all we are to the gospel. We shouldn’t be worried about our own wants and what will make us happy. Our priority should be to God and showing others the love of Jesus.
Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me…What good is it for someone to gain the whole world and lose their soul?Luke 9:23 & 25
This world and it’s treasures are only temporary. We need to start looking beyond earth and, instead, into eternity. We must emerge out of our comfort zone and step into faith to proclaim Jesus. We have to deny our earthly desires to ignite our passion to love lost souls. Shouldn’t everyone get to experience the love of the Father forever?
The Christian life, and especially the missionary life, can face a lot of scrutiny.
We are called to be separate from the world, and that is why there is so much criticism. Jesus speaks on this in the book of John.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as it own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.John 15:19
While this may sound harsh, it is the truth. Jesus was hated too. He was ridiculed for his lifestyle of hanging out with sinners and changing their lives. The pharisees wanted to kill him for his servant heart. Being loving, selfless, and serving freely is not our natural instinct as humans. But we know Jesus won in the end and we are all better for it.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.Matthew 5:11-12
Jesus is our example.
The Creator of the universe loves us so much and specifically chose us to live differently. Yes, we are still human and make mistakes, but we should be excited that our life has a purpose greater than ourselves. It will be a daily act to surrender our own desires and put others first. It can be discouraging going against the culture and fighting for what is right, but we must not give up.
Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble.” But he finishes it off saying, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”In John 16:33b
Even in the truth of living differently from the world, we have the hope and peace that Jesus offers. We must press on to proclaim Jesus and further the Kingdom of God.
When we go through these trials, we still have hope of what is to come.
Living for Jesus will be much more rewarding in the end.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19-21
We must continually remember our reward is in heaven. Our physical comfort should not be more important than the kingdom of God. We will be going against the world and human nature by choosing Jesus. But hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant” and living in the presence of our Father for eternity needs to be our one heart’s desire.