3 – Facing Comfort
God is never calling us to be comfortable, but He is always calling us to be faithful.
Trouble arises when the desire for safety and security becomes the dominant theme of our lives.
“You fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” Luke 12:20
1. Remember that faith thrives in discomfort
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
2. The point of your life is the fame of Jesus “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
3. Align your entire life with God’s
4. Remember life is short
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14
– How often do you think about your comfort? What causes you to think about it? Do you recognize it as a giant in your life and threat to your faith? Why or why not?
– Why is comfort so difficult to spot in our lives? What can we do to change that reality?
– Do you see David (as a teenager) risking his discomfort by facing Goliath as a challenge and encouragement to your faith? Why or why not?
– What would it look like to be different as a result of tonight? What changes need to take place in your life to not waste the short time you’ve been given?