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Inconvenienced

Do you have too much stuff to need God, or at least to depend on Him? How many of you can truly say that you would be satisfied with nothing more than food and clothes, (1 Tim. 6:8) no place to call home, no friends or family to call upon.

In this world today there is an unprecedented number of homeless people, tens of millions, the news outlets speak of them occasionally, showing their plight, politicians, most who simply want facial recognition, plead their cause, and their response is almost always more money, churches and other social welfare groups go out and give them a sandwich or maybe a blanket when it gets cold, but for the most part, they are left to fend for themselves.

How these individuals got there is really of very little concern, except for those the Lord has placed there for His glory. We don’t like to contemplate that, most of us have some form of employment, a roof over our heads, and all of the necessary stuff in that place to keep us comfortable.

I believe that most of the time, comfortable Christians are the least profitable for the kingdom of God, while those who are, shall we say, inconvenienced, are those who seek His face the most for guidance, direction, and the daily provisions of their life. In other words, not being able to do what we want to do is no reason to serve the Lord, that is nothing more than the inverse of those inconveniences, the proper path is the one that sees the desires and cares of this world as the inconvenience, for they are what hinders us from the continual service that some of us seek.

All those things, that stuff in your life, including the people that you surround yourself with, are they really blessings from the Lord so that you can serve Him daily and greater for His glory, or are they just things you wanted so that life would not be too difficult, so that you would not be inconvenienced.

Job thought he was serving God, Solomon did not think all those things could deter him from his service to the Most High, in the garden that night, everyone ran away from the Lord and left Him to fend for Himself. How much of those conveniences do you need before you will stop serving the Lord, and find you are only serving yourself.

The ministry that the Lord has me in at this time requires a pen, a piece of paper or two, and internet access, without these items, including the assistance of my lovely wife, to whom I am more than grateful, I cannot complete those tasks that He has set before me. He provides what I need, and the Holy Spirit guides my hands, if He decides to remove these items, then that means that He has something else in store for me to do. Such is the life of a servant; he serves at the good will of his Master. Job understood this on that dung hill when the Lord came down to speak to him, he understood that all those items he saw as a convenience were actually a hindrance.

I believe that most people who call themselves Christians are only so-called followers of Christ when they are not inconvenienced, when they are not bothered with having to search for food and clothes because they are a “given,” they have a closet full of them, and the cupboards are rarely empty. Those things can be more of a deterrent than a blessing at times, and I believe the Lord may be preparing many who call Him Lord for the reality of this truth.

In the age of grace, this is the verse that fits this topic, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21) But soon, this verse will be the test of these truths for those who will be left behind, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:11) I pray that you honestly do know Jesus Christ as Savior today.

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