In a quest for comfortable Christianity, too often we can settle for cheap grace. That is, a reprieve from commitment and a doubling down on a discipleship that barely touches us. But how is that imitating Christ? In no way at all! We talk in church a lot about being dependent on God. But in what manner do we take steps to avoid that dependency? You see, Christianity isn’t simply a means to feel good about ourselves. And it isn’t a program to have our psychological misalignments adjusted. That’s all nice when it happens. But at its core Christianity is centered on transformation that incorporates denial of arrogance, suffering for others, and servanthood beyond ourselves.
Simply put, there is a cost to our faith. It has been famously stated that Jesus came to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. No one escapes that clause in our contract with Jesus! Jesus loves us. He heals us. Jesus also calls us. When Jesus shows up, he commissions us. Those whom he saves, he sends. Each of us is given a job to do, a story to tell, and a place in his mission to the world. Jesus last words in Matthew state we are to “go!” Don’t let him get too far ahead of us! Time to be hustling along with him.