Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Comfortable Christianity is Mediocrity

on December 22, 2014

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The title of this blog may sound a bit harsh, but the truth is I truly believe we, the church, have become all too laid back and comfortable in our Christianity, especially here in the United States. While we have experienced the goodness of Jesus and found our salvation in His incredible grace, so many of us have embraced the blessings of being a Christian without being willing to take on the difficulties and challenges that should inevitably come along with it….picking up our crosses and following Christ?

There’s nothing wrong with living a beautiful life in Jesus. There’s nothing wrong with comfort, joy, happiness, success and peace. In fact, we should all be experiencing many of these blessings as we walk with our Lord. Peace and joy are gifts that the Lord offers us at all times and in all circumstances. There’s nothing wrong with having an easy or a successful life as a believer. However, if that is all we’re experiencing, a life without challenge or discomfort at times, then we are missing something. Jesus said this world would hate us because it hated Him. He said we’d have troubles. He said we’d be persecuted. We see Paul’s life and it was one filled with pain and suffering as he took the gospel to the people, and we rejoice with him as he praises the Lord in joy even in prison.

I’m not writing this to condemn a life of comfort, but rather to challenge us all to something better – a life that sacrifices comfort for the sake of truly touching lives and serving others. You see, there are so many Christians (myself included at times) who are just content with enjoying the Lord’s blessing in their lives. They love the Lord and they enjoy their families. They praise Jesus and make Him the center of their homes. It’s beautiful. It’s lovely. It’s a blessing, but it’s not the end….it’s the beginning. The home fire has been lit and it’s warmth, God’s presence, is filing it up with joy, peace and love. Now it’s time to swing open those doors and share that light and warmth with others. It’s only the beginning, you see. That fire of home lights the way for you to take Jesus to your neighbors, the lost, the suffering and the spiritually dead. You don’t keep it inside all to yourself. You don’t sit by your own fire night after night, enjoying it’s warmth and beauty, whilst outside in the cold people are freezing to death.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

You know, we carry the light of Jesus with us when we go into the world to minister to the lost. Still, we can feel the cold out there, can’t we? We see and experience the suffering, don’t we? We look into the eyes of a child in poverty and our hearts break for them. We kneel to pray with a homeless man and our nostrils take in the scent of filthiness and decay. We venture into a home that is filled with darkness and we sense the presence of evil. Yet God is with us. Taking the light to the dark world brings discomfort at times. It brings suffering at times. It brings heartbreak. It brings physical pain and the risk of injury at times. That’s the ministry we are called to, isn’t it? We are all called to serve beyond what is comfortable, whether it’s serving food and the bread of life to the homeless or sharing the gospel with a neighbor whose lifestyle is far different than yours.

I have lived a very comfortable Christianity at times in my life, but I have also experienced what it means to step outside of my comfort zone and really touch people’s lives. I can tell you from my own experience, those times when I ventured beyond the comforts of my own safe Christian porch and stepped out into the darkness in faith and boldness, I returned home with more fire, more warmth, more Holy Spirit empowerment and more joy than those times when I stayed home, out of the storm. It’s in those times that I know my purpose in Christ. It’s in those times that I understand so much deeper the power of Christ to change lives. I never want to go back. I never want to live a life of Christian mediocrity. I don’t want to simply celebrate the life I have in Jesus, but I want to invite the dirty, the broken, the hurting and the lost to the party.

Let’s be willing to be uncomfortable, like Jesus did. Let’s be willing to touch the diseased and dirty, like Jesus did. Let’s be willing to dine and to spend time with sinners, like Jesus did. I pray the Lord would make His people bold, willing and selfless. I pray that He would help me to be less about me and more about serving others. I pray that my comfort never again becomes more important than the eternal salvation of that person He is calling me to minister to. Lord, make me willing and bold! Let’s take His light to the whole world!

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