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Christian Life is Uncomfortable
American culture is a culture of comfort. It’s being sold to us everywhere we look. We’re encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs. The Christian faith, though, is just that: uncomfortable. It is when we are uncomfortable that The Comforter (Holy Spirit) responds. For God has no need to comfort the comfortable. But the Lord delights in comforting the uncomfortable.
April 28: Uncomfortable Mission
New Testament Reading: Acts 1: 4-9
Now that Jesus has risen from the dead, what do we do now? The disciples ask Jesus, “will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” In other words, is now the time for peace and comfort? Jesus responds by saying, “You will be my witnesses….to the end of the earth.” What an uncomfortable mission! A mission to people who don’t look like me, act like me, believe like me. They are nothing like me. They make me uncomfortable.
May 5 (Confirmation Sunday): Uncomfortable Commitment
New Testament Reading: Hebrews 10: 19-25
Holding fast to a confession when the world calls you a fool is – uncomfortable. Stirring up one another to love and good works means someone might push my buttons. That is – uncomfortable. Wouldn’t it be better to just avoid it all together? More and more people say, “I love Jesus but not the Church.” That’s like saying, “I like you, but your wife is ugly.” Jesus is the head of His Church. We cannot have a relationship with the head without the body.
May 12 (Mother’s Day): Uncomfortable Gospel
New Testament Reading: Philemon
The Church of Jesus is called to live out the Gospel in radical ways – in ridiculous ways – in uncomfortable ways. Faith in Jesus is more than believing in Jesus. It is more than believing historical events. Faith in Jesus is transformational. Faith in Jesus is uncomfortable. Faith in Jesus changes everything.
May 19: Uncomfortable CommUNION
New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17-26
We want to be somebody but that often means seeing other people as nobody. During the Lord’s Supper, we are in Communion with Jesus through His really present body and blood. But guess what, we are also in Communion with Christ’s body of forgiven sinners called the Church. Each of us claims the words of the hymn, “Nothing in my hand I bring – only to the cross I cling.” This truth levels the fields and makes us all a nobody who are forgiven by the body and blood of somebody – Jesus Christ.
May 26: Uncomfortable Humility
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18
Our culture says You, the customer, are always right. In our world, You, the customer, are the center of the universe. Everything revolves around you. The uncomfortable truth of the Church is this – it’s about Jesus, not you.