“I’m not comfortable in that kind of church…” “I’m comfortable with where God has me right now…”
I cringe when I hear those words. Church and christianity aren’t supposed to be comfortable. It is supposed to be challenging, convicting and causing us to grow. With growth comes growing pains.
3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who [c]enter into households and captivate [d]weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the [e]knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as [f]Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.
10 Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, [g]perseverance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is [h]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [i]training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (NASB translation-Bible Gateway)
When it comes to worshiping God, in all of it’s elements, we do a horrible job. We claim we do, but when was the last time you shouted out to Jesus during the songs, or were literally on your face crying out to Him? We can scream and hoot and holler over sports teams winning a game, but can’t even lift our hands in praise to the One who made us? We’d feel weird or out of place? The Bible tells us that David danced naked before the Lord in praise!!! (I don’t suggest doing that in church though.)
2 Timothy 4:2-4
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with [a]great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (NASB-Bible Gateway)
Have you ever been so convicted by a sermon or what happened in church you couldn’t speak? The conversation after services now centers on what’s for lunch or where people are going shopping.
Are you comfortable in your giving? You shouldn’t be. It should hurt. It should be a sacrifice. If your giving isn’t equivalent to or more than what you spend on your wants, it’s not sacrificial.
The power of the Holy Spirit should set a fire in us. Fire burns. It hurts, and hurt is uncomfortable. I find no scripture in the Bible that tells us that the Holy Spirit wants us to be comfortable. The Spirit will comfort us, yes, but that is in the midst of trial and persecution. I believe that if the Holy Spirit showed up in some churches today that the people would run screaming for the exits.
I know this post is going to ruffle feathers. I hope it does. But if we really want to see people come to Jesus, we have to stop wanting to be comfortable. I’m sure Jesus wasn’t comfortable hanging on the cross suffering and dying. We have to be willing to do things that make us feel uncomfortable. We have to go outside of ourselves and be willing to do the disgusting parts of ministry. We have to go to the homeless camps, the drug infested areas, the corner where the prostitutes work. The carnivals and mission trips are great, and yes, they reach people. But don’t make the excuse that something costs too much or is inconvenient or uncomfortable, because the true christian walk isn’t supposed to be about our comfort. It’s about helping the hurting and lost out of their discomfort.