Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jesus Didn’t Die to Make Us Comfortable

By Allen White

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40-41

Jesus is disappointed by His disciples’ slumber. After three and a half years together, they still didn’t get it. He chastises them: "Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there's another part that's as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire” (Matthew 26:40-41, Msg).

When it comes to the things of God are we eager or are we old dogs? There is a part of all of us that longs for the comfort of the fire. But, Jesus didn’t die to make us more comfortable.

When it comes to your relationship with God, what are you eager about? What do you need to fan into flame? What are you possibly ignoring? There will plenty of time to “sleep” later.

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