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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Luke 6:24

"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort."

Has anyone ever told you this?  Has anyone ever told you that seeking to be wealth is a wrong thing?  That being comfortable is not to be desired?  Indeed Jesus goes against the very ethos of American society and the American Dream of a house in the suburbs and a white picket fence to surround your impeccable green lawn.

Why should we seek comfort in this life?  Such things are a trap to spiritual stagnation and laziness.  It is no wonder that the more comfortable we are, the less we pray.  The more we rely on our own wealth, the less we rely on God.  When a branch refuses to grow, it is in danger of being cut off and thrown into the fire.  It needs to be brought to maturity so that it might bear fruit.

Let God lead you into difficult situations, things you never thought you could handle.  He will stretch you and grow you.  You will feel like breaking but you are clay in God's capable hands.  If you believe there is an afterlife, than live like there is one.  What good is it to store up comfort now and forsake eternal comfort?

After all, we only have a short time to spend on Earth, so don't get to comfortable.

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