Unlike an overstuffed sofa that just beckons to lure you in, then swallow you with comfort, lulling you into sleep, Christianity (i.e. Following Jesus) is quite different. In fact, it's un-settling. The ways of Jesus, commands of Jesus, thoughts of Jesus, call of Jesus, and so on are so contrary to our earthly routine, that the day-to-day rhythm of the Christian is actually not rhythm at all. Rather, it's a life of change-ups, hiccups, mental rearrangements, personal discoveries, divine discoveries, repentance moments, race-running, opposition-encountering, devil-resisting and forgiveness-grace-and-mercy releasing.
Matthew 8:19-20 NIV Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." (20) Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
The most grievous form of erroneous Christianity today is one that embraces a "gospel" of comfort and ease; a "gospel" where you just lay in the hammock and let God "do His thing while you take it easy." A "gospel" where checks magically show up in your mailbox and everything just kinda works out. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ will un-settle everything comfortable in your soul. Why is the primary job of the Holy Spirit to convict the world in regards to sin and righteousness? (
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.