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Christmas Risk

My church is going through a series called "Christmas Risk", and it has me thinking. So much of our 21st century American brand of Christianity is about comfort and security and nice, warm, soft theology. We like comfy chairs and a "relationship with Jesus". We like the assurance of heaven and feeling like we're good people. It's all very…nice. But we're not called to "nice". We're called to follow Jesus wherever He leads–not just to our favorite row in the sanctuary, but to the trenches, over the edge, into the deep.

My church is going through a series called "Christmas Risk", and it has me thinking. So much of our 21st century American brand of Christianity is about comfort and security and nice, warm, soft theology. We like comfy chairs and a "relationship with Jesus". We like the assurance of heaven and feeling like we're good people. It's all very…nice. But we're not called to "nice". We're called to follow Jesus wherever He leads–not just to our favorite row in the sanctuary, but to the trenches, over the edge, into the deep.

Jesus calls us to pick up our crosses and not look back. We seek what's pleasant, but we should be seeking God. I think if we know that if we listened–really listened–to the Holy Spirit, we'd lose a lot of comfort. We think that's the thing we want to avoid most, but somewhere inside, isn't there a place in us that yearns for the challenge of hard-core obedience?

It's the thing inside us that makes us watch reality shows where people push themselves for a goal. It's the reason people spend hours cheering on the favorite teams or playing video games. We were made for battle, but we've condemned ourselves to being warriors on the couch, settling for cheap imitations of significance.

I don't want to be a powerless Christ-follower. I want in the game. I want to go where He leads, sacrifice and endure and work for whatever plan He has for me.

I want the risk.

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Laura Singleton

Laura Singleton’s passion is the transformation that happens when women get access to God’s Word and God’s Word gets access to women. She was twenty-five when her life was turned upside down by an encounter with Jesus Christ. With an insatiable thirst for scripture and theology, she soon headed to Dallas Theological Seminary to learn more about Jesus, and left with a Th.M. with an emphasis in Media Arts. She, along with two friends from DTS, travel the nation filming the independent documentary Looking for God in America. She loves speaking and teaching and is the author of Insight for Living Ministry’s Meeting God in Familiar Places and hundreds of ads, which pay the bills. Her big strong hubby Paul is a former combat medic, which is handy since Laura’s almost died twice already. She loves photography, travel and her two pugs.

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    FisherOfMen1967

    This is so true! I think

    This is so true! I think there are a great many churches doing belilevers a real disservice by feeding the feel-good, everything-will-be-hunky-dory-whey-you-accept-Jesus type of Christianity. If you're really doing what Jesus said and making disciples and getting out of your comfort zone to be obedient and serve Him, then the spiritual warfare comes on hot and heavy. It's not easy following Jesus, and he was straight up with us about that from the beginning.

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