“Do you want to go where you’re comfortable, or do you want to go where you’re needed?” the Lord asked me. “Do you want to serve or do you want to receive?” He continued. “I came to serve. Do the same.” He still wasn’t done. “Go where I send you.”
Wow. So convicting. Isn’t it? I had been thinking about whether or not I wanted to go somewhere. That was the problem right there. I was thinking about myself. I wasn’t thinking about the Lord and what He wanted. I was only considering my own wishes, ways, and wants. In particular, my comfort. That’s when the Lord reminded me.
That following Jesus isn’t about our comfort. It’s about denying self, taking up our crosses, and following Him (Luke 9:23). It’s about no longer living for self. But instead living for Him (2 Cor. 5:15).
That serving the Lord involves dying to self including to what we want and to what feels comfortable when it doesn’t line up with God’s will for us. That we need to forsake all for Him. Please read these verses carefully!
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” John 12:24-26
This world teaches us to live for me, me, me. God teaches us to live for Him. No matter the cost to our flesh. No matter the cost to our comfort. No matter the cost to our wishes, wants, and ways.
I decided to go to where the Lord was sending me. Because I no longer live for me. I live for Him.
When what makes us comfortable isn’t the will of God, we need to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and go where the Lord sends us. To love Him. To serve Him. With all our hearts. To love others. To serve others. In His name. All for His glory, AMEN!