Two guys are walking down a dark alley when suddenly a mugger pops out, stops them and holds them up. The two guys begrudgingly take out their money to hand it over to the mugger. Just then, one guy turns to the other guy, hands him a bill and says, “hey man, here’s that $20 I owe you!”
We really do some weird things. Ok, I really do some weird things. I’ve caught myself working very hard just so I can be super lazy. Make sense? I’ve spent hours programming and wiring my wifi home network just so I can lay in my bed and watch Netflix (which is awesome by the way). I joke a lot about chips. Truth is, I love chips. Not pork rinds. I love how the creative types at Frito Lay weren’t satisfied with just being able to dip their tasty corn chips into dip, not good enough. They literally turned Fritos into miniature shovels for maximum dippage. Weird right? (But also awesome).
My point is that when the pressure is on, we tend to end up on the side of convenience the majority of the time. It often looks like this:
- You’re in a serious conversation with your spouse, it gets heated so you walk out instead of resolving the issue.
- You hear of a friend who is in emotional pain. You’re willing to pray for them, but are afraid to pray with them.
- You don’t pray for your spouse every day, but definitely complain when they don’t meet your expectations.
- God speaks to your heart to give and be generous. You only give partial, but still go shopping for yourself later.
- You plan to read your Bible in a year (again), but find yourself 2 days behind because you didn’t keep up. Wait, I did that…
- You take out your work related stress on your family instead of coming home and enjoying time together.
- You’re a Pastor or Church leader, but you hide behind your computer all day instead of connecting with people because of fear or laziness.
Ouch. Hello? You still there?
Convenience in itself is not so bad. That’s why we have A/C, padded pews, Fritos Scoops, and indoor plumbing! The problem occurs when we take it to the extreme. It quickly becomes selfishness. Selfishness always results in disobedience.
Jesus called us to go the extra mile. To not only do what’s being asked, but also what’s not. To serve. To share. To minister. To love. Don’t settle today. Go beyond!
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”
Ephesians 5:2 (Message)