Jesus didn’t come to make your life easy, but complicated.
He doesn’t care about your comfort or fun as much as your growth and intimacy.
He sees you going down a nice, easy train track and, because he loves you, he wants to give you a train wreck.
He talked about a wide path that leads to destruction.*
He talked about a casper milquetoast faith that made him sick.**
He talked about denying yourself and dying daily.***
Unfortunately, those are not things we were taught in our churches.
A lot of us disciple our kids to have their cake and eat it too.
Our churches tend to disciple them to pray a prayer that buys them eternal salvation and not much more.
From there they focus on comfort as a priority.
When Jesus talked about being born again, he never said, “pray a prayer and you’re done.”
Think about being born – it is a wrenching, bloody experience. It is going from a safe, warm environment to a foreign, painful one.
So that’s why I say what we need is not more comfort, but remedial pain. We need a spiritual spine adjustment.
Seen from that perspective, a train wreck is a gracious event. If we’re headed in the wrong direction, a train wreck stops us so we can get re-oriented and go in the right direction.
It’s why I’m such a big fan of a pilgrimage – a journey that allows God to interrupt your life and help you get on the right track. It can activate the discombobulating grace that some of us need.
If you look at your life and sense that God might want to interrupt you, the good news is, it’s not too late.
Yes, your life may already seem too complicated. Yes, you may be too old to go on the World Race, but there’s a path that’s right for you.
The first step is to pause and just ask him about it.
Maybe something like: “God, I don’t like pain. And I don’t like backtracking. But even more than that, I don’t want to miss your best for my life. Please do what it takes to get me moving in the right direction.“
The God who loves you, who created you for a full, amazing life, will put you back on the right track.
* Matt. 7:13
** Rev. 3:16
*** Luke 9:23