The Lure of Comfort
I read recently that “it is estimated that only five percent of those who say they have received a ‘call to missions’ actually make it to the mission field. The other ninety-five percent get sidetracked in some way” (Re-Entry, by Peter Jordan). For one reason or another, “life” has gotten in the way of them jumping in with both feet.
Brian and I were just talking about this the other night as we were wondering about where God might ask us to go after seminary. We said, “yes,” a long time ago, but the comforts of life still have a certain lure to them. And we are already feeling that tug and having to remind ourselves to hold these nice blessings loosely in our fingers. Our house, our new church family, the ease of getting things done, closeness to family—these have a certain appeal to them. And I think breaking free of some of these things keeps people from responding to God’s call to go into all the world (Matthew 28:19).
Just this week, I have become antsy about the comfort of things around me. Do I enjoy being comfortable? Certainly. And my very enjoyment of it is what makes me uncomfortable in my spirit. This could be a lure for me, and I want my heart to always be ready to say, “yes, God, we’ll go.” Getting out of my comfort zone is what keeps my faith growing and active.
So, God is working on me and helping me to bring my missions mindset to our backyard for this season. God has called us to Dallas for a season of study–yes. But, I think his tapestry has an even bigger picture in mind than just seminary….