I was thinking about my life today and how I really have it pretty good. God has blessed my life immensely. I do not live in want; we have a roof over our head, we have full bellies, and we have no real substantial worries about anything. My wife and I are able to help people as we feel led to do so through the grace of God. All in all we are able to live a fairly comfortable life, but are we supposed to? Does comfort equate to easy? If we are living life on the easy track than are we really doing what God has called us to do? If we never have hardships can we really know God in all the depths of His glory?
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
Have we become so comfortable in our life that we have become like the church in Laodicea prophesied about above? Have we become lukewarm to the point where God is ready to spit us out of His mouth? I know in my life I can say that I often times try to do everything that I can to be comfortable. This occurs with me at work, at home, and even in the public. I become so focused on having a “good day” without much stress or turmoil that I think I often times lose sight of what God is trying to do around me and through me. By living a life of comfort we are just like the church of Laodicea. God has not called us to live in comfort, in fact He specifically says that we will be persecuted just as Christ was persecuted because “no servant is greater than his master” (Jn. 15:20). When I speak of living in comfort I don’t mean contentment because they are two very different things, we can learn to be content in all things regardless of our economic or social status (Phil. 4:11-13), but comfort speaks directly to whether or not we are taking risk for God.
Satan wants us to be comfortable, he doesn’t want us to live a life of fear, because fear drives people to Christ. It seems contrary to what we think about Satan, but he wants us to be as comfortable in our lives as possible. He knows that comfort is what we typically look for, but comfort is a deception from Satan himself. Comfort is contrary to the contentment that we learn from trusting in God. As Christians we do not have to, and should not, live in a life of comfort, but in all things we should rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Through Christ we have gained everything, but it does not end there. We cannot fall into the trap of believing that once we are saved the work is done. In fact when we are saved our work has just begun. Just think about the countless number of people God placed in the path of your life to direct you towards Him before you received Christ. We are all members of the body of Christ and we each have an important role to fill. No one is greater than the other, but working together we bring the fullness of Christ into this world (1 Cor. 12:12-31).
So, are you living a life of comfort? If so do you really know the one True God or have you been deceived by the master deceiver who wants you all to himself? We are not called into comfort, we are called into obedience “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Phil. 2:13). So re-examine your life and determine if God is working in you and through you and do this often. If He is working in you then you will not simply sit back in comfort, “He will transform you through the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:2).
When we truly know what God’s will is we cannot simply sit back in the comfort of our own life, we MUST take action. We MUST bring the light to the rest of the world who have been lied to and deceived just like we once were. We MUST spread the Gospel message through love and perseverance. We must NOT be conformed “to the pattern of this world” Rom. 12:2. The world, ie. Satan, wants you to live in comfort, he wants you to live for yourself, he wants you to do everything that you can to make sure that you are taken care of. When he gets you to do this he makes you ineffective. He turns you into a bench-warmer, a non-player, he makes you lukewarm. Don’t let him make you ineffective, the body needs you and you need the body.