Are you comfortable?
I wonder if being comfortable is not the besetting sin of most who call themselves Christians in our day and age. I wonder if we have, unconsciously, lazily, selfishly, formally grown into a discipleship that Jesus himself would not acknowledge. I wonder about that great day when all shall stand before the Lord. Will we cry out, “Lord, Lord,” only to hear him say, “I never knew you?”
Is our definition of being a Christian simply to enjoy the privileges of worship, be generous at no expense to ourselves, have a good, easy time surrounded by pleasant friends and comfortable things, live respectably and have a nice funeral?
How many of us are willing to deny ourselves in order to follow Christ? How much is the Christianity of our day suffering for Christ? Is it denying itself at the cost of ease, comfort, luxury, elegance of living? What does our age need more than personal sacrifice? What does the Lord think about our giving which costs us practically nothing so far as any personal sacrifice goes?
What does the Lord think when we turn our back on the poor, cheat in business to get ahead, lie to secure some advantage, favor television or other forms of entertainment and leisure over our worship and modify his difficult commands? I am afraid I know what He thinks, and it scares me!
I am convinced that if Amos should visit us he would take one quick look around and cry out, “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1).
“Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship.”