Do Not Disturb

Have you ever noticed how much time, effort, and money you spend on trying to be comfortable?  All our lives we’re told that in order to be successful and happy, we must achieve a certain level of comfort. And while chasing the dream of a relaxed life, we tend to become more and more individualistic. We might as well hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on our front doors like they do in hotel rooms. Once we reach a life we’re comfortable living, we don’t want anyone or anything to get in our way.

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We see that especially when it comes to sin.  Ask anyone practicing a homosexual lifestyle to reconsider their way of life and you’ll most likely hear, “Don’t worry about me. My lifestyle isn’t bothering you!”  Confront someone about their all-encompassing greed and desire for money and they may say, “Hey, I worked hard for this…Mind your own business!”  We have become a society where we only look out for number 1, ourselves.

Sadly, this is the case in many churches today as well. Some look at Christianity simply as a religion, an add-on or upgrade in their life. They don’t mind playing the part of a Christian as long as it doesn’t disrupt their comfort. They didn’t sign up to sacrifice but to take. They didn’t commit to give their lives to God.  They want God to give to them. Truthfully, we’re all this way at times. We hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on our hearts and refuse to give complete control to Christ. In fact, we’ll look at the church and the Bible as a religious buffet where we can take the parts we want and leave the rest for someone else. We’ll blame the preacher if he’s not entertaining enough. We’ll blame the elders if they don’t provide amusing and fun classes for our children. We’ll even blame God if we don’t see enough blessings in our lives.

But Christianity is not necessarily about comfort. There is a cost to follow Christ and that cost is your life. Jesus said,

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?  

(Mark 8:34-37)

It’s obvious from this passage that we should expect some disturbance in our life when we become a disciple of Jesus. He wants to shake things up a bit, get us out of our comfort zone. We have to completely rely upon him and his sustenance when we choose to lose our lives and follow Jesus. It is uncomfortable at times to love your neighbor or enemy. It’s painful at times to forgive others as Christ forgave us. It’s hard to cease chasing our dreams of an easy life in order to carry our cross for him.

However, most blessings from God come when we allow him to disturb us. If we work to please ourselves, we will only find failure, but if we strive to please God, we will gain eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

-Joe

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