|Comfort is Constraining
By Greg Sanders
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Hearing the Word of God can be done in the comfort of your own home, your home church, or even your own car as you cruise down the road. You can hear the Word of God today in the comfort of your own version whether it is KJV, NIV, or the multitude of other options. However, as important as hearing the Word of God is (and it is important), you must move beyond the comfort of just listening and step into the awkward, challenging, and risky life of faith that puts it into practice. It is in this step of application where our personal comfort can be constraining.
Nothing constrains the will of God in our lives like our own comfort. It is our love of comfort that causes us to hesitate when God says, “Go.” It is our comfort that causes us to give a little when God says to give it all. It is our comfort that talks us into settling for where we are when God calls us to venture into deeper things.
It was comfort of the familiar that caused the other disciples to watch Peter walk on water.
It was the comfort of the castle that opened the door for David to sin with Bathsheba.
It was the comfort of luxury that convinced the rich young ruler to hang on rather than let go of what Jesus commanded.
Comfort is always convenient, but it is also always costly. Don’t allow your comfort to cost you the life that Jesus wants you to experience.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow your comfort to cost you God’s best for your life. The revelation of His Word always delivers its promises as we apply its truth to our lives.