Last week at Coffee & Scripture, we studied Matthew chapter 2. One of the things that we noted from that study were the various responses to the announcement of Jesus’ birth. We are all quick to dismiss Herod’s response as the opposite of our own. (After all, none of us are killing children to prevent Jesus from taking our throne, as Herod did). But perhaps there might be a few similarities that we wouldn’t like to admit. Can we (or do we) feel threatened by Jesus? What are you afraid that Jesus will change in your life? No one wants to get out of their own comfort zone. We get too comfortable in how we spend our time or finances. We’re comfortable with our career direction, our hobbies, or the relationships we are involved in. Everyone wants to have control over those things. If you stop and think about it today, does Jesus threaten any of those areas of your life? In other words, do you believe that if you were to follow Jesus wholeheartedly that one (or more) of those parts of your life would change? For example, would you make more time for prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship, etc? Or would your spending habits change as you forgo purchasing a new iphone so that you could give the money to help someone in need? As I examine the lives of Jesus’ disciples in the four gospels, I see men who were constantly being pressed out of their comfort zone, and being conformed more to the image of Jesus. Following Jesus is definitely not the easy route, but in the end you will not regret anything in life that you gave up in order to pursue Him!
At RCF, we want to challenge each other to follow Jesus every day, in every part of life. We invite you to join us as we do that through Coffee & Scripture, mentoring, and more. Jesus is the King, and He demands our our entire heart and life!