Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35
It’s hard to think of comfort as a bad thing. We like to provide a safe environment for our family. We like to kick back at the end of the day with our shoes off and watch a fun show on T.V. We like hanging out in the backyard in a hammock. We like knowing how much money we’ve got in the bank and feeling financially secure. We like things to be orderly in our lives, not chaotic. We like things to be smooth and to go as planned. Isn’t that comfort? Sure.
And none of those things are deadly in and of themselves.
Trouble arises when the desire for safety and security becomes the dominant theme of our lives. When a relaxation mentality supplants our attentiveness to God’s call on our lives.
Jesus took time off, but he didn’t come to earth to relax. He came for a specific mission and he left us with one as well. That’s why comfort is perhaps the scariest giant of them all. It’s so subtle in its deception. It’s the giant that causes us to miss the very best because we have settled for something good.
In this session, we’ll consider how a sneaky, yet prevalent, giant called Comfort can keep us from stepping out in faith in the ways God is calling us to, and we’ll see how that giant has been defeated in our lives.
Be sure to watch the video below:
If you would like to buy Pastor Louie’s book “Goliath Must Fall” or the study guide please do so, but not required for this online study. For those who have bought the books you can follow along:
Goliath Must Fall Study Guide, pp. 61-76; Optional reading: Goliath Must Fall book, Ch. 5
If you have questions or comments about this current study please email me at: Jonathan@lifefellowshipch.com