It has been 15 years now since the Lord called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. It was a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that fear gripped my soul and I knew that I could no longer sit on the fence living for myself and what made me happy. Last night I gave my testimony to a group of youth in high school urging them to not waste their life like I did mine for so much of my early life, but as I have had time to reflect I started to wonder if I am wasting mine again. Living for yourself can take on many different forms.
I have to admit that there is a part of me that just wants to be comfortable, it seems to me that life would be so easy if my only goals were to live in the nicest house possible and be financially secure. Basically, money would become your only decision maker. However, whenever these thoughts come to mind I am reminded of my friend I grew up with. One day while driving back from university my friend and I were talking about life goals. He told me that his goal in life was to be comfortable. At the time we were on opposite sides of the fence. I was walking away from God and he was involved in church and was trying to convince me to come out to their events. A few years later we were still on opposite sides of the fence, but our roles were reversed. I was walking with God and he was a self proclaimed atheist. At the time he was telling me about his life goals I remember thinking, is being comfortable really the mark of a Christian, shouldn't it be all or nothing?
Now that I am over fifteen years removed from that conversation, my greatest fear is that I have become comfortable. As Christians, we serve a great and awesome God. He spoke the universe into being displaying His majesty in the stars and heavens above and demonstrating His intelligence in the quantum physics of atoms and particles below. His love and care are without question, sending His one and only Son to die so that we could know Him and His Son. May we never be found lacking trust or confidence that He will do what is best. Does a bank provide more security than God? Does dwelling with God and His Son compare to living in a castle in downtown Ottawa? Does comfort in this world compare to the world to come? No.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.Let us grow uncomfortable with the comforts of this world so that we proclaim His excellencies with lives of faith waiting for Him.