Not Too Comfortable Here
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
I am finally reading the book Left Behind. Some of you might remember that the book and following series became somewhat of a phenomenon in 1995. It is a book about the Rapture (the supernatural removing of the true church) by Jesus Himself before a seven-year-long tribulation, the emergence of the Antichrist, and the end-times.
Can I just say that the reason I didn’t read it in 1995 is simple–I tend to rebel against the latest phenomenon. If everyone else is doing it, I’m not going to, thank you very much. I have no idea why. I’m sure there is some deep need for therapy in there, but I digress.
This book has been a page-turner, and it has sparked some very interesting conversations with my 9-year-old daughter Noel. Noel has always had an amazing heart for Jesus. She is extremely sensitive to His voice, and her desire has always been to serve Him. It’s wonderful to watch. So, when she saw me reading this book and asked what it was about, well, as you can imagine, she was fascinated. We literally talked about it for hours.
There was one thing she said that struck me as so profound. She said something that all of us must grasp in order to be effective as true ambassadors for Christ. We were discussing the fact that if we have given our lives to Jesus, this world we live in is not really our home. We have an eternal home with Jesus; this earth is merely a stopping point and a place in which God has given us the awesome privilege of sharing the Gospel so no one is left behind. Noel looked at me and said, “So, really, we shouldn’t get too comfortable here.”
Yes, Noel! That’s it; we can’t get too comfortable here. If we get too comfortable in this world, we become just like the world, and we look just like the world. We are told in 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (NLT)
If Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Savior, you have been sanctified, or set apart. You are His! Now, of course, we live in this world today, and as the old saying goes, we can’t be so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good. That’s why although we live in the world, we shouldn't look like the world but like Christ. Then, hopefully, others will notice there is something different about us. They will look at our lives and say, “Wow, I don’t know what it is, but I want what you have.” Then we can say, “Let me tell you about my Jesus.”