“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Mt. 16:24-25……………………..
Time to leave your comfort zone? To do what you know God’s calling you to do, no matter the cost? The cost to your comfort, and to anything else for that matter? Our world, our culture, in America, and likely well beyond, is so much about self and comfort, isn’t it? About seeking comfort, holding onto comfort, and refusing to let comfort go. Like we’re in love with comfort. Like we’re obsessed with comfort. Like comfort is a god. An idol. Something we exalt, magnify, worship. Something we hold onto for dear life. We cling, we cleave, we clasp onto comfort. Probably more than we realize. If we realize this at all. Some of us hold onto comfort more than others. Some of us less. But we probably all hold onto comfort in one way or another, don’t we?
But if we’re to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to be willing to sacrifice whatever we are refusing to let go of in the way of comfort, and follow the Good Shepherd as He leads us forth wherever He desires, whenever He desires, however He desires, to whatever or whomever He desires, to do whatever He desires, for God’s glory. A Christ follower is not to hold onto comfort for dear life, but to hold onto Jesus and God’s Word for dear life, no matter the cost to our flesh, to self, to our personal comfort.
Jesus Christ gave up the comfort of heaven to come down to earth to live on this earth a perfect life to go to the cross to die the most heinous, gruesome, indescribably awful and horrific death imaginable to bear on Himself God’s wrath at all of humanity for our sins and the accompanying punishment of judgment, condemnation, and forever separation from God in hell and the lake of fire so all who repent of their sins and believe this Gospel message, trusting in Him as Lord and genuinely devoting their lives to Him will be forgiven by God and given an everlasting relationship with God instead. He endured the greatest discomfort in the universe in our place so we could be offered a forever relationship with God. Is it not amazing, and convicting, when we consider how we moan and groan and whine and complain and pity ourselves and resist and rebel against the Lord when He calls us to leave behind our comfort zones to do something He has called us to do – when compared with what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross for us before He was raised from the dead?
Is the Lord leading you right now to leave something, or someone, behind that you have been cleaving and clinging and clasping to for comfort? I encourage you to seek the Lord for the willingness and the strength to go where God is calling you – not for comfort’s sake, but for Christ’s sake.