My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Have We Forgotten What Jesus Said?

I’m comfortable here in my little world. I like to go through the ordinary of the day without adding drama. I purpose to keep my life simple. Cozy. Safe. Warm. But it seems I’m forgetting something.

 

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I opened my Bible and read the verses.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

I like that part at the end. I like that Jesus himself says he is there always and forever until the end of it all. That’s nice. They words are familiar and comfortable, much like my life. It wasn’t until I finished that I realized I skimmed the beginning in favor of the ending.

I went back and read the words, or actually the verbs. See that’s the thing. Everything Jesus says to us involves action.

Go

Make

Baptize

Teach

Ouch.

Well, maybe it isn’t so bad. I reasoned with myself. I do those things. With my kids. In my church. If it’s comfortable. But I don’t think God is calling us to comfort here, and if he is, well then, I don’t think Jesus would need to emphasize that He would surely be with us forever.

When we’re comfortable, we don’t have much of a need for Jesus. But as soon as things get hairy, as soon as the car breaks down, the bank account runs low, or someone gets sick, well, that is when I’m great at making sure He’s there.

And I believe He loves that. He loves that we come to him when we’re uncomfortable. But if that’s the only time then we’re missing out. If we’re going to Him to rid our lives of all that rubs us the wrong way, we’re missing out on all the ways He can be there for us.

If we spend all of our time being comfortable are we really doing what He said?


This is part 1 of a 3 week series. In the coming weeks we’ll look at this more and discover what all these verbs mean in real life and how to live them out.

Linking words across the web today with these lovely writers.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

6 Replies

  1. Yes, ouch, indeed! I like my comfort and time and time again I need kicked out of the nest! I’m always blessed, but, oh, I love my comfort!

  2. Yes, too often I see my participation in the great commission through teaching in my church. I agree, God is working on a larger frame–Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

  3. Following God certainly is active. He wants us to go – to our kids, with our kids, to our neighbors, across the world … it all depends on the season to which he’s called us to be. BUT wherever we GO, he’s gone before us and is with us. Thanks for reminding me of this active faith in which we live. And thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  4. “When we’re comfortable, we don’t have much of a need for Jesus.”
    So so true! I need to push out of my comfort zone!

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