A few years ago, I attended a combined church service in another more traditional style church building. The thing I remember about the service was the pews. They were the most uncomfortable chairs I had ever sat in. They were rock hard and the back rest was just at the right (or wrong) height and angle to dig right into my back. I looked forward to singing the ‘hymns’ because it gave me relief. I have also sat in churches with chairs so comfortable I felt like sleeping. Neither are very conducive to engaging with God.
Is Church supposed to be comfortable? I think the answer is both yes and no.
Yes, church should be a safe place – a place where everyone is welcomed and included and made to feel at home. Yes, people should walk into a church and feel at home, like they can let down their guard and be themselves.
But, I believe that church should be a place of discomfort also. Jesus never promised a comfortable life, in fact He promised the opposite. Three people express a desire to follow Jesus at the end of Luke 9. His response to them is basically, “Are you sure you know what you are getting yourself in for?”
To the first He says, “You will be sleeping rough.”
To the second He says, “You’ll have to prioritise me over your other responsibilities.”
And to the third He says, “There is no going back.”
Following Jesus is an adventure, it’s the most significant and meaningful thing you will ever do. But it is also one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. He calls us to have total faith in Him, to let go of the things that we have set up in our lives and place all of our trust in Him.
Yes, it’s hard and uncomfortable, but it’s totally worth it and He promises to be with us always.
How is God calling you to be uncomfortable today?
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