Read This: Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9)
Think: Who doesn’t love to be comfortable? We devote our time, money, and energy keeping it that way. If it’s hot in the summer I turn on the AC. If it’s cold in the winter I crank up the heat, lest I begin to feel uncomfortable. My closest friends tend to be those I feel the most comfortable around. And there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable—the problem is when we become too comfortable. God didn’t create us just to be comfortable. He calls us to live for something much bigger.
Relationships are the hardest area for me to be stretched in. It’s easy to get so caught up with my circle of friends that I don’t make room for anyone new. Maybe I had an opportunity to share God’s love with someone struggling with loneliness, or maybe it was a chance for me to be challenged by a fresh perspective and new insight. If I don’t connect with a person right away, it’s easy to move on without noticing that person’s needs or thinking of how I can minister in that situation. My instinct isn’t always to have a new family at church over for dinner or call up an old friend I’ve lost touch with just to say hi, but maybe it should be. Life’s not about what’s easy and comfortable for me.