Sometimes it seems that they are. It’s so easy to just stay seated in our comfortable position.
During the worship service and times of prayer at my church I sometimes find myself just as content to stay comfortably in my chair. But why? Well for starters:
- I’m young; there are older ones who should be more responsible
- I’m young; so nobody expects much anyways
- I know other people will take part; so they can do it
And sometimes the reality is I was asleep through the whole thing.
This can be reflective of our lives as Christians. We make up excuses and aren’t responsible for our duties; and some just sleep through the whole thing.
Why? Because the chairs are too comfortable.
It’s so easy to sit back and let others do the work and while they are supposed to be doing the work we sit there and make up excuses as to why we can’t do it and rationalize our complacent behaviour.
“The world needs Christians who don’t tolerate the complacency of their own lives.” ― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
In 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul says this: “So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6, ESV)
We’re not called to be disengaged and be passive; we’re called to be active and awake. Maybe for some of us we need to take this literally and actually wake up in our Christian lives (and church services)
Are the chairs in your life too comfortable?
Jesus taught that: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27, ESV)
“Following Jesus will cost you something. Following Jesus always costs something.” ― Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
In conclusion, we are called to follow Jesus, which just might cost you your comfortable chair; in fact it will cost you your comfortable chair.
(This is the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean; got up at 5am to see this. some sacrifice but so worth it.)