There’s a trend these days amongst some of God’s people to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a ticket to comfort and success. Perhaps “trend” is not the right word. Misconception, delusion, plague … those words seem to fit much better.
There are many reasons I don’t like social media, but it does provide me with fascinating insights into what people are thinking, particularly those who call themselves “Christians”.
And one of those thought trends is this idea that believing in Jesus is somehow our ticket to a life of comfort. I saw one “Christian” post this recently: The older I get, the more I realise that I don’t want to be around drama, conflict or stress. I want a cosy home, good food and to be surrounded by happy people.
A popular sentiment indeed, with 182,000 likes. And sure, none of us likes drama, conflict or stress. We’d all like a nice cosy home with good food and to be surrounded exclusively by happy, clappy people. But if you believe in Jesus, that’s not what He’s called you to.
Mark 2:16,17 When some teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw Jesus eating with such bad people, they asked his followers, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “It is the sick people who need a doctor, not those who are healthy. I did not come to invite good people. I came to invite sinners.”
So-called sinners are often difficult people to be around. They carry on, they swear, they have angry outbursts, they lie, they steal. But if you and I don’t tell them about Jesus, who will?
He’s not sending us out there to the good ones. He’s sending us out there to the sinners. So don’t sound the retreat into comfort just yet.
That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.