“You can’t save your life – you can only spend it. So spend it well. Spend it for Christ.” – Tim Keesee
Security and comfort. If we are honest with ourselves, we all desire those things to one degree or another. They may look different to each of us, but in the end we still strive to achieve them. I know I did for many years. The problem arises when we look for them in people, things, and ways that are temporal and not eternal.
Following Christ takes you in a different direction and often times it is in the exact opposite direction of what we usually perceive security and comfort to look like. Jesus himself warns us of this in Luke 9:23-24, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.’” Also we see in John 15:18 when Jesus says, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
None of those words sound like security and comfort do they?
The beautiful thing about all of it is that Christ offers us all of those things in him. He is our true security and he reminds us of that in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” He HAS overcome the world – how can we not find security in knowing that is true!!?
Comfort can be found in Christ as well. Paul talks about this in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”
I disobediently denied my call to missions for quite some time because it conflicted with my desire for security and comfort. But praise be to God that he has shown me where true security and comfort are found – in Christ. I am here for his glory – so who am I to live in anyway other than to the praise of his glorious grace? So as I step into short term missions – and maybe something more in the future – I do so remembering that I owe him my life. So why wouldn’t I spend it well for Christ?