This morning’s post was written by Lisa Metzger. She is the devoted helpmeet to Mark, keeper of her home and a 2nd generation homeschool mommy to soon-to-be 9 blessings so far (5 biological, 3 adopted and one more blessing to be adopted soon). Stop by and visit her at A Second Generation of Homeschooling or come visit their family blog, God’s Plan for Families!
“Comfortable living produces weak character.”
Have you ever noticed how the world generally views a carefree and comfortable life as a primary goal and aspiration? After all, how often do we hear talk of shortcuts that claim to make life easier? We are confronted with this selfish way of thinking on a daily basis. Yes, some tips and suggestions can be used to better manage our time, but more often we are all being programmed to desire that commonly sought after life of comfort and ease. When Christians come to desire that comfortable way of living, are we seeking to take the easy way out
An online dictionary described “the easy way out” as:
1. Capable of being accomplished or acquired with ease; posing no difficulty
2. Requiring or exhibiting little effort or endeavor; undemanding
3. Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain
4. Causing little hardship, distress or cost
5. Without haste or agitation: Relax and take it easy for a while.
6. With little effort; easily: success that came too easy.
Doesn’t the Christian life include serving others, which includes experiencing hardships that result in spiritual growth? Does this description of “the easy way out” fit that picture? What does Scripture say we are to expect in life?
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:13-15
According to that Scripture, the Christian’s life should be full of adversity, IF we are determined to live a godly life. We should not always expect or readily desire comfort and earthly prosperity, as this world encourages us to attain. Instead, we should look for ways to serve our families, expecting trials, knowing that by choosing to live the more challenging life we will be made wise through our faith in Jesus!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
God’s grace is always ample for what we experience in life! Therefore, we should take pleasure in our weaknesses, delight in the insults hurled toward us, rejoice in our hardships and celebrate our difficulties. We can do ALL things through Christ who gives us that ample and sufficient strength. If through trials we bring Him further Glory, we should be exuberant! Through our ebedience to this Scripture, we find that through these trials we become STRONG! What a wonderful promise!
I, for one, would rather be refined by my Father through life’s difficulties and live a life developing Godly character! A comfortable life will only lead to spiritual monotony and ruin.
What do you do to live a more challenging life in Christ?
What areas in life are you tempted to take the easy way out?
How can you overcome those thoughts and desires?
What Scriptures have you found to help develop your character in your God-given role in life?
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