Too Close for Comfort

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What makes you comfortable? 

To what extent do you strive everyday to maintain that comfort and enjoy the blessings of a free life in a free country, with an unprecedented opportunity for achievement and stability?  How tightly are you holding on to that comfort? 

What if God asked for it?  What if He demanded it from you this very day? 

Hebrews 11 is often called the "Hall of Faith" in the Bible.  It's forty verses of Scripture that recount the ways that God used ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  Forty verses that describe the faith of some of the Bible's greatest heroes.  Stories that prove that true faith is the only way to please God (Heb 11:6).  Accounts of peoples' lives that were disrupted by a call of God.  People who set aside, in some way or another, their plans, their desires and their comforts. 

Why?  To answer a call.  To get in on the action.  To step onto the field and participate in God's mission. 

And then you see in the next chapter, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses..."  Yes, that's right.  The writer of Hebrews points out the faithfulness of those in chapter 11 as an encouragement to the reader. 

He goes on to say... "let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith..."

You see it?  Run the race.  Be engaged in it.  Step up to the starting block.  Ready, set, go! 

God's got something for each of us.  His mission hasn't changed.  His methods haven't changed.  He's still interested in using the lowly things of this world to do lofty things in this world.  He still chooses to use little old me and you in some impossible, miraculous ways for His purposes. 

This might cost me some comfort.  It will definitely re-prioritize my life.  He may ask something big of me, all with the purpose of teaching me to trust Him.  It might be difficult,  It might hurt.  It might cost me everything.  But as God's story continues to unfold, and the Hall of Faith continues to grow with names of countless faithful followers of Jesus, do I want my name added to the list? 

As I see God move and work in and around me, as I grow closer and closer to the likeness of Jesus and keep my eyes fixed on Him, I may discover that there's no more room for comfort.  That what I thought was important just may not be as important.  That when my tight-fisted grip on comfort is loosened, I am free to be who God wants me to be.