I traveled in the northwest this week, spending several days in Seattle and Portland. The weather was incredible. I tried delicious food in good restaurants. I got outside in the mornings and ran through trees and alongside lakes. It was exhilarating.
I actually thought about how nice it would be to live there.
But after four days of travel, I was ready to come home. I missed my family and my house. I longed for the familiarity and security of the small town where I live.
It’s comfortable here.
Jesus wants us to be uncomfortable.
I’ve been reading Luke chapter 9 this week. This passage talks about the cost of following Jesus. Three different men interacted with Jesus in this passage. Each one talked about following Jesus, but none of them wanted to leave everything and pursue a life of obedience and service.
One man wanted to first go home and bury his father. Another wanted to go home and say goodbye to his family.
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62
Could you leave your family, your friends, your job? Could you walk away from everything you know and just start over?
It’s hard to think about, but God calls us to seek the Kingdom of God…first.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
We have a command and then a promise. The command is to seek God first. The promise is that God will place all we need into our lives.
My prayer this week is to let go of some of the “comfortable” in my life. I need less routine and more Jesus.
And let me know how I may pray for you.