The next area of death I am forced to explore is the area of comfort. While there are always some that will argue, it is safe to say that Americans live extremely comfortable lives. There is nothing that is not available to us and yet there always seems to be a feeling of emptiness or a desire to seek more stuff. However, Jesus lived a very fulfilled life and yet didn’t accumulate anything nor even have a place to lay His head.
“As they were traveling on the road someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go!’ Jesus told him, ‘Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’” Luke 9:57-58
While Jesus lived a life devoid of the comforts around Him, He also called His disciples to do the same.
“After this, the Lord appointed 70 others, and He sent them ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself was about to go. He told them: ‘The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Now go; I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves. Don’t’ carry a money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals” Luke 10:1-12
Jesus did not only call the disciples to give up the comforts they were so used to. He also calls us to give them up as well. He knows that when we give up the comforts around us, we are left with no one or no thing to truly give us the comfort we are really seeking.
The Nester who originally started me on the 31 days of writing challenge, also writes for 31 days and her topic this year is Uncomplified. Sunday, she posted a great chart revealing how we have sacrificed a true life of comfort by filling it with stuff. Click here to enjoy her post as we continue to meditate on how to die to comfort today.
Another great resource for trimming the fat in our lives is from Jen Hatmaker in her book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. While I have not had the chance to read her book, I have heard her speak on it and it is very challenging.
While you might not have the courage to go 7 months with only 7 articles of clothing or 7 items of food to eat, there is probably some things you could do without that are keeping you from focusing on God. Keeping in line with getting rid of stuff, I am having a garage sale this weekend to help purge some of the accumulated stuff that we have sought to seek comfort in. May we all seek God to comfort all our needs and cast aside all the junk. After all He is our ultimate Comforter.