COMFORTABLE?
 
“Jesus said to him, ‘I AM the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).
 
‘Once saved, always saved.’ ‘All you have to do is accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.’ ‘Grace is a free gift of God.’ ‘We are saved by faith alone.’… We have all heard these statements and more. Each of them do hold a thread of truth but taken by themselves can lead you down the wrong path. How? The problem begins when we think all we have to do is say the right thing or check the right block and ‘All is good’. Then we settle into our ‘new way of life’ and become comfortable in the knowledge that God will handle the rest.
 
At our Passover Seder meal Rabbi Marty Cohen brought up the point that the Israelites had grown comfortable in Egypt and were ‘living the good life’. Why would they need to move back to the promised land if they had everything they needed in Egypt? After all, they were God’s chosen people regardless of where they lived. Right? Then a new Pharaoh came along who had no regard for them or their God and enslaved them. In their comfort they had set aside following God and had ended up slaves for Pharaoh.
 
The early Christian Church had been given the great commission from Jesus to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Yet, they remained in Jerusalem long after the church started. It wasn’t until they were hunted, imprisoned, and killed that they actually left their comfort and began following Jesus.
 
“Jesus said to him, ‘I AM the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6). The early Christians were known as “The Way” because they were called to follow Jesus. They WERE NOT called to stay at home and be comfortable. In fact, throughout scripture, both Old and New Testament, whenever God’s children became too comfortable, trouble soon followed.
 
Following Jesus means we have to leave our comfort zones. Yes! We are Saved by Faith! But the faith we are saved by is the faith to follow “The Way, The Truth, and The Life” of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That does not mean to settle down and become comfortable. Our retirement plan begins in the next life, not this one.  
 
Pastor Randy Tucker
972-977-3750
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