I wake up day after day, get out of a comfortable bed, put on nice clothes, eat a nice meal, and drive in my car to work. I then head home to a beautiful wife, beautiful kids, and feel as if I am living a Christ filled life. The truth is my thoughts are on Christ however they are limited to my surroundings. My life as I know it is exactly the way I want it to be. But what does Christ think about my life?
The more I look at this scenario the more selfish I feel. I begin to get a sick feeling inside as I hear the words of Christ “Go into the world and make disciples of all nations,” and “When you cared for the sick, the poor, the homeless you cared for me.” We learn of other countries where it is not legal to follow Christ and they have to worship in secret fearing for their very lives. Yet, I am still uneasy to talk to a neighbor about what Christ has done for me because it’s out of my comfort zone….
The truth is that we are not people who embrace change. Amy Vanderwerf in our small group hit the nail on the head last night when she said “Would you worship the same if your surroundings looked different?” Well, would you?? If it suddenly became illegal to love Christ would you give up your livelihood to confess “Yes, I do love and follow Christ”?
You might be saying, “Wow… Dang Dave, Why did you have to say that?” I think this reaction explains the problem. And believe me I had the very same reaction.
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Jesus says we must turn from our selfish ways, take up our crosses, and follow him. He jumps right to the root of the issue. The problem is us! Our life views, and our comfort zones. Are we to comfortable to miss a meal to give money to family struggling to make ends meet? Are we to comfortable to walk next door and spread the love of God to our neighbors? Are we to selfish to think about the less needy?
Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
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