1 John 2:15, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
We are compelled by the love of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15: 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
We are called to good works.
Ephesians 2:8-10: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Luke 10:25-37 tells the story of the Good Samaritan and is an example of choosing the uncomfortable over comfort. Comfort often distracts us from our calling. Comfort itself is not wrong unless we put our comfort before God and want more. Focus on your calling and God will provide comfort. Most of us focus on our comfort and from our comfort ask what can I do for God?
How do you know you are chasing comfort over your calling?
- What are you easily irritated by?
- What do you hold on to too tightly?
- When do you experience apathy?
How do we quit chasing comfort? Consistently expose yourself to things that create righteous discomfort.
- Be consistent and intentional about choosing discomfort over comfort.
- Choose to look and expose yourself to whatever God has for you to do.
- Look for things that move the heart of God.
Focus on the passion God has given you, what captures your heart and not just your attention. This is where to channel your resources or gifts.
Don’t believe Satan’s lies that you can’t make a difference and/or it is easier to not care. Follow your calling and embrace what hurts. It is better to hurt with a purpose than to live life without purpose.