Why didn’t Saul fight? He had the tools. He was a warrior.
We sit in comfortable churches celebrating a Savior who lived a very uncomfortable life. I want to make sure in my life that I don’t miss God’s purpose and plan in life and the payoff in eternity, because the giant of comfort has got a hold of me.
The giant of comfort is a sneaky giant. It is possible we will miss out on God’s purpose because we chose the easy route. “My crops are amazing. Look at my barns. So, we’re going to eat and drink and be merry because I’ve got plenty”. And Jesus cut him short by saying … “You fool” — (You do not want Jesus calling you a fool) — “This very day, your number is up and you’re going to give a full account of your life to God”.
Jesus came with a purpose and a mission. He did not come to choose the easiest path, to have a balanced life, and to retire in luxury. He came to fulfill a mission and when He left, He gave me a mission. “While you are on earth, do what I did.”
This giant is about settling for the easy road and slowly slipping into the mentality of, “I want my life to be a stress-free, pain-free, difficulty-free life while I celebrate a Savior who had a life exactly the opposite of that.” Whoa.
They endured 40 days of taunting – but they were comfortable. They had their tents, their fires and meals were being delivered to them. But, they did not fight. David comes along and accomplishes the mission in about 40 minutes.
Do not let comfort be the thing that keeps you from God’s purpose in your life.
All through scripture, we are taught that our faith actually thrives best in discomfort. In scripture, think of the person who chose the easy route, who lived in ease, whose life was described by comfort, who never took a chance and suffered a loss … and plays a significant role in the story of God from beginning to end. Who is that character? No one.
None of the heroes and legends of faith had an easy road. Faith thrives in discomfort.
Jesus – in the place of greatest discomfort – bought us all the benefit we have in our relationship with God.
Who has the most urgency in their faith? The secret church in China or all of us in our American worship centers? Who has the urgency in their prayer life? Who has the urgency in reading the Word to know God more closely? Whose very life depends upon their faith?
Faith flourishes in hostile territory because faith at its heart is counter-culture. We are counter-cultural people in a broken world heading to an eternal destination. We have a different view of life beyond just what we can get in the here and now. Jesus calls us to this mentality, this lifestyle.
In times of no job, no purpose, unsettled and frustrated – it is soil such as this that you’d think your faith would die but, it is the very best soil for God to move in.
Out of the fog of discomfort, the Gospel pops up. We look back and see “Wow, that was amazing. There was so much discomfort, but God did so much.” We don’t choose discomfort and that’s why God usually chooses it for us. We need assistance in cutting the rope, so we can drift out into the current where God wants to move.
How do you defeat the giant of comfort? You partner with Jesus. “Jesus, I want to be wherever you are, do what you are doing and mission where you want to minister.” It’s not the easy way but rather the Jesus way – it is the path of true significance.