Much of our society is geared toward convenience. We have smartphones because it’s more convenient to be able to talk, text, search the internet, check emails, and get directions all from the same place. We have convenience stores because we don’t want to visit more than one place for the items we need. But is all of this convenience good for us? What our culture of convenience is teaching us (even in subtle ways) is that OUR time and convenience are most important. Could convenience be negatively impacting our spiritual life?
If we even have a desire to grow in our relationship with God, we tend to want that growth in a few easy steps, we want to see quick results, and we want to be able to focus on it when we have time. If we’re going to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples, we want it to be when we have extra time to spend with people, and when we are in the right mood. But following Jesus is never convenient. In fact, Jesus disrupts our life of convenience. He reminds us that it’s not about us. He reminds us to have patience and humility, to seek God, to serve others, and to help others know and follow Him.
He modeled that for us time after time throughout His ministry. For example, in Matthew 9:20-22 we see Jesus on His way to a funeral when a woman approached Him for healing. Jesus didn’t have to stop, but He did. He could have healed her physical ailment and kept moving, but Jesus stopped to make sure that He also cared for her spiritual need. Luke 5:16 also tells us that Jesus often withdrew to quiet places to pray. He made time for what was important.
You will never have enough time to follow Jesus. It won’t be easy or convenient. Following Him will be costly in many ways. But if we believe that Jesus is who He says that He is (that He is God), then we must live our lives for Him, not for ourselves. Will you join us as we live counter-cultural lives for the sake of following Jesus Christ?