I read this quote last week that couldn’t be more accurate:
“Everyone is committed when things are comfortable.” -Gerald Brooks
When it comes to the local church – which I unapologetically believe is the single most important change agent in the world – I’ve seen this to be true. But I’ve also seen that the cream rises to the top when it gets uncomfortable.
It happens all the time at OneLife. 20 people show up every Sunday before the sun rises to start auditorium setup. That’s uncomfortable. Families with limited resources give sacrificially to make this ministry happen instead of blowing money on things with no eternal impact. That’s uncomfortable. Volunteers who might be more comfortable just attending a service teach kids, park cars, hosts guests, and even more throughout the week. That’s uncomfortable.
But the crazy thing is, everything I mentioned isn’t really all that uncomfortable. Check it out…
Jesus left the comfort of heaven to come to the pain of earth. Uncomfortable.
Jesus worked a hard job as a poor kid. Uncomfortable.
Jesus started a ministry from scratch when people thought he was a worthless human being. Uncomfortable.
Jesus convinced people to follow him, only to see most abandon him. Uncomfortable.
Jesus hung naked on a cross in front of thousands mocking him, ultimately dying from a literal broken heart when it ruptured in his chest. Uncomfortable.
When you think about your commitment to Jesus, is it only there when it’s comfortable? Or are you willing to have an uncomfortable commitment to him?
Think on that and check back in tomorrow for more…