If everyone is committed when it’s comfortable, why are some committed even when it is uncomfortable?
Believe it or not, that is the question I often find myself asking. It would be much easier to ask “Why do people lose commitment when it gets uncomfortable?” But the answers to that would sound more like a soap box loaded down with negativity. And that would offer no hope for change!
Instead, I think about the people and organizations I see that hunker down and stick with it even when it is uncomfortable. What about those people or those places keeps going when the going gets tough? The simple answer is one word.
Yesterday I wrote about all the ways that Jesus got uncomfortable so that we could have a relationship with him. With that in mind, it motivates me to want to be uncomfortable for him, too! But what was it that kept Jesus going in the midst of all his brutal lack of comfort?
I think it was a simple mission that he was on earth to accomplish. He wasn’t sent here to be comfortable. He was sent here to rescue the world. That’s a pretty big mission to accomplish and pretty much throws comfort out the window! I believe that when we embrace this same mission, our desire for comfort has no choice but to vanish.
If I wake up every day with a desire to live like I have a world changing mission to accomplish, I won’t care if I have to wake up early to see it happen. Giving extra time and money will be uncomfortable, but totally worth it. Stretching myself and doing things I wouldn’t normally do is just part of the plan to accomplish the mission. Inconveniencing myself and my family to give time when most are living for self is something I embrace because I know the payoff will mean the difference between heaven and hell for someone.
When you think about your own commitment to Jesus and his calling for you to be part of a world changing mission, does the thought of getting uncomfortable excite you or cause you dread? If you find yourself thinking selfishly or dreading it, chances are you aren’t living for the mission he gave you, but living for one of your own.
Take some time this week to be honest, and ask God to expose the mission you are living. Then be willing to let him make you uncomfortable…if you dare!