Being uncomfortable in your Christianity is a good thing

by Trey Campbell,

You ever had a pebble stuck in your shoe?  Or a strawberry seed stuck between your teeth?  In a weird way, I am asking you to feel that way when you read this.

I want it to be mildly uncomfortable, and only a little painful. Not like the time you kissed that person in eighth grade and later found out it was your cousin… but more like how Jesus and all the heroes of the Bible felt.

Why is uncomfortable good? Being uncomfortable promotes change. It should be a catalyst for action. If something bothers you, you should do something about it, right? If a fly is buzzing around you, don’t you swat at it? If your foot falls asleep, don’t you shake it out?

So why do we get so comfortable in our Christianity that complacency becomes good enough. Our busy lives take the place of our Biblical lives. Maybe you are at a place in your life where you need to swat a few things. Maybe you need to shake some things up.

We know that serving the Lord in this world is not easy. If you find being a Christian easy (here’s where feathers may get ruffled…), then you may not be doing it right.  Are you like a Christian with training wheels and a safety helmet who stays on the sidewalk, or are you jumping creeks and popping wheelies in the neighbor’s yard?

All the greats in the Bible were extremely uncomfortable in every sense of the word – they were beat down mentally, emotionally and physically. Think about some of the greats: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Paul and especially, Jesus. To do as God calls and find yourself successful at answering that call, you will inevitably find yourself in uncomfortable situations.

Blog 1 cross photoI issue you this challenge: live a life of discomfort by serving the Lord. This requires a certain level of discomfort – worse than a hangnail, but not as bad as hanging by nails – say… on a cross.

Are you up to being challenged to live in discomfort?  Are you taking up a cross in your life?Life is a journey toward eternity. That eternity will be forever with Jesus.  You in?

I’ll leave you with this verse:
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35


9 thoughts on “Being uncomfortable in your Christianity is a good thing

  1. I agree Tre! We only have to look at other countries and the persecution Christians suffered there to know that our American faith is way more comfortable than most.

  2. This is very thought provoking and challenging to me because I am someone who likes “comfortable” Christianity even though I know that is not the way Jesus our Savior lived and that is not the way He commands us to live for Him. As a matter of fact I have been feeling convicted lately to share my faith more with others, something very uncomfortable for me. But why would I want to keep such amazing truth all to myself? I am re-reading a book I read a while back called One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven. I shouldn’t feel uncomfortable talking about Jesus just because the world doesn’t always feel comfortable hearing about Him. Thank you for reminding us that it is a privilege to serve Jesus and share the Good News of what He has done for everyone!

    1. Roger – thanks for sharing this. I think you make a good point in regard to your question, “Why would I want to keep such amazing truth all to myself?” The world and the enemy in it has a dirty habit of making us feel complacent in our spirituality to where we do little to nothing in sharing it. This is an enemy victory. When you find your mountaintop – get out there and scream as loud as you can so the echo will reach three times as many people!

  3. Great Thought! I shared recently with a group how Paul had a healthy dissatisfaction with his Christian life (Phil. 3:12) and that is how we grow. If we are too satisfied with where we are as a believer we become stale. Dick Kelsey

    1. I agree Dick! Great verse, too. We have to find ways to constantly refresh ourselves. If this makes me uncomfortable, so be it. I’m will to do it for Christ, who was uncomfortable for me. It was great to meet you the other day. I look forward to seeing you when you come back through Nashville. – Trey

  4. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of God with the world. Go ye therefore and teach all Nations…. The communication through this Blog will reach millions more! Bless your efforts and planting the seeds of knowledge in our hearts and those of the “Unwashed” through Jesus’ Love and the Holy Spirit’s influence in our hearts and minds, while we all still have a chance! Yours in Christ Jesus. Dave

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