The Idol of Comfort

Genesis 11:2-3– And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

Repeatedly, God calls His people who are made in His likeness to take His image to all parts of the earth. It is the call given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1 and 2. It is the same call given to Noah and his family in Genesis 9:1 and 7. It is the same call given to us today – Matthew 28:18-20. All of humanity is commissioned by God to answer this call because everyone is made in the image of God. You are not the exception and neither am I.

Sinful man has tried to bail on this call since Genesis 3. In Genesis 11, we see this same abandonment of obedience. After the flood, Noah and his family are called to fill the earth with the image of God. Their descendants move eastward as a group and find a plain in the land of Shinar. In Shinar, their disobedience takes root. They settle. Instead of going and making much of God, they find a comfortable place and begin to be more concerned about their own comfort and their own agenda. Comfort guides their hearts…

I enjoy the cooler weather Fall is supposed to bring. My favorite part of colder days is wearing pullovers to keep warm and pulling up all the bed covers on the chillier nights. I like to get comfortable. In fact, I would say I am very good at it, and once I find my comfort place, I do not want to move! I want to settle in…

While it is good to get comfortable and rest, comfort often keeps us from following what God has called us to do. We like to settle in places where we are comfortable. Once we find this place, we do not want to move. Comfort and complacency slowly invade other areas of our life especially when God calls us to abandon oneself and follow Him – Luke 9:23.

We are far too content to settle because we are comfortable.

You do not need to read this post and think you must move to the middle of nowhere to take the image of God to the ends of the earth. Although, if this is what God is calling you to, then you do. I want to focus a little closer to home. I want you to think what it would be like if you would abandon the comfort of home and security to merely take the image of God to your neighbor, your workplace, your child’s school, your grocery store, your favorite coffee spot or any other place God has given you in your sphere of influence.

What would it look like in your life if you stopped spending the majority of your time and resources on your own comfort and instead had a heart for those around you to see the glory of God? Have you used your life to take God’s glory to the ends of the earth? Are you settling in places because you have found comfort? What is God calling you to do? He has already called you to make His Name known to the nations. How will you live this call out?

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