THE CONVENIENT CHRISTIAN
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
2 Timothy 4:2
Have you ever noticed that God doesn’t always do things on our timetable or in ways that are convenient for us? Often times, God will ask us to do something that is in fact out of our comfort zone and in places we are hesitant to go.
The verse above is about Paul telling Timothy—his son in the faith—that as a servant of God and a minister of the Gospel, he needed to fulfill his duties whether it was convenient for him or not.
Hearing this, we doubt Timothy was nearly as addicted to convenience as we are all today. But if even if he needed to hear that, then surely we need to hear it all the more frequently.
This addiction to convenience can be seen all around us: mobile gadgets, fast food, quick solutions, and many more. Not only that, but the rise of the “convenient Christian” can be seen everywhere and in every church. Many profess to follow Christ and do God’s will but will never venture out beyond their comfort zone to do so.
Even so, Timothy was a young pastor tasked to oversee one of Paul’s planted churches and that was no doubt a task that took a lot of courage. The feat of shepherding people under his care and teaching the Scriptures to them as a way of life was clearly out of Timothy’s comfort zone, it was surely an inconvenience at every turn. Yet Timothy still fulfilled his role despite his inexperience, doubts, ailments, and inconveniences.
How about you? Are you willing to go beyond your own convenience to fulfill what God has asked you to do? Would you venture out of your comfort zone to see how Jesus can use you to fulfill His purpose?
It’s so easy to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign over our hearts for fear that God’s call will inconvenience us, but we miss out on so many great opportunities when we do this. We need to remember that whatever God asks us to do, it is always worth any inconvenience or difficulty we face in the process.
He will always make a way for to accomplish His will when we are obedient to Him.
Prayer: God, I choose today to take down the “Do Not Disturb” sign over my heart. Even if it inconveniences me, I want to obey You and do what You ask me to do. Amen.