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July 26, 2017, 5:00 AM

Where are you letting comfort, convenience and routine win in your faith journey?


God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10

We have become a culture of people dependent on speed, comfort, convenience, and routine. We live in a world of big box stores and one-stop shopping. In some ways, this can be a good thing, but having this mindset can negatively influence our faith and the relationships we have with others. Inside the big box of Sunday, we worship, pray, study God’s Word, and connect with others who are seeking to know God better. But if we live life with a consumer mindset, chances are, we’ll also view church as just another big box store, a place to shop for the fulfillment of our consumer-oriented, spiritual desires. The more streamlined our lives become and the more we settle into the comfort of the routine, the greater the chances that what happens inside this box of church on Sundays will stay there.

 

This is far from the original intent of the church. Throughout the book of Acts, we see the early church living their faith “outside the box.” Their actions and words were so counter-cultural that it caused others to take notice. People marveled at what God was doing through them. God was doing things that were beyond human ingenuity, that were miraculous. They were not acting as consumers; they were generously involved with others. They got outside of themselves. They worked beyond the walls of their lives. Church wasn’t just the places where they gathered, but more about a lifestyle they lived out in the world around them. These followers went beyond the comfort of their community and continued to share the message of the Gospel to all who would listen.

 

By watching and learning from Jesus, the church was meant to think outside the box. The church was birthed, in part, to be active in the world around us. Beyond our walls is a world in need and the needs are great, and the needs are many. God sent His Holy Spirit to equip us to do things in this world that are needed to be done that are beyond our human capabilities alone.  God is currently on a mission. His mission is to redeem the earth. God has written each one of us into that same mission to use our relationship with Him for that purpose. He gave us the Spirit and His power so that we can tell His story through our own. With the acquisition of His Spirit, we acquired gifts and abilities that are to be used as tools for this cause. And the call that God has for us, is to use them to be a light to this world.

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16

 

The first step in getting outside our box is understanding what’s in it. We must be aware of the gifts and talents God has equipped us with and begin to explore ways we can use them to serve others. In order to be ourselves, we must know ourselves. Knowing ourselves begins with knowing the One who created us.  Where are you letting comfort, convenience and routine win in your faith journey? Why are these qualities prevailing in your life?  Where have you felt an urge to step out of your comfort zone and serve others?

 

This my Prayer: Father God, help me to break free from the grip of routine and comfort. Lord for far too long, I’ve spent my days inside my comfortable box. I desire to be stretched and used. My purpose and meaning are found outside of myself, in You. Jesus help me to trust my life is only found when I’m willing to give it away. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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