Our comfort zone fell apart this week when a 15 year old girl found refuge in our home. There was no time to think about it. There was no time to fast and pray about it. There was no time to consult people with more knowledge about the subject of child abuse. There was no time to plan ahead. It just happened. And it made me realise something very important.
As Christians we know that we should help the needy. And we do it. We give when we can. We provide what we can. As long as our own comfort is not disturbed. The moment we are called to give more than an extra bit of money or old clothes, we suddenly want to pray about it first. Then suddenly, we need confirmation from people that we are doing the right thing. The moment our comfort zones are rattled, we get concerned that maybe this is not God’s will. We conveniently forget the instructions already given to us.
1 John 3:16-17 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
We don’t need confirmation from any person that we are doing the right thing. We are doing what God instructed us to do. Christians have to go ALL the way, ALL of the time, not only when it is comfortable. If we are not willing to do that, we are practicing lip-service christianity.
Lip-service Christianity is missing the goal.