Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

“lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” Hebrews 12:16-17

It truly is hard to beat coming inside after being outside in the snow and cold and sit down to a grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup. It tastes amazing, warms you up and puts you at ease. It is comfortable. We have a whole genre of food called comfort food and the combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup definitely qualifies.

We live for comfort. Comfortable cars, mattresses, couches, travel, shoes, jeans, sweats, relationships, churches and the list goes on. Comfort is good in our minds, hearts and bodies and because it is, we can almost literally hear comfort calling to us. We are very good at responding to that voice. We recognize the sound of the voice of comfort. I’ve submitted to that voice countless times. I’ve submitted to that voice even when it lies to me. I’ve submitted to that voice even when it robs me blind…as I sit in comfort of course, not even realizing that my life is being taken.

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves. Comfort doesn’t always mean that it is good. An athlete does not grow stronger, faster and more skilled by training comfortably, but skipping a day sure does feel comfortable…at least today it does. A marriage does not grow deeper in love, devotion and affection by avoiding difficult conversations, but it sure is more comfortable to ignore them…today. Debt is not overcome by continually spending, but having more stuff sure makes life more comfortable…today. Your new life in Christ is not found by continually doing things your old way, but the old way has been ingrained in your pattern and that certainly is more comfortable to do…today.

Being comfortable today almost always means you will miss out on tomorrow.

One may even argue that in any area or avenue of life in which you want to make progress in or to grow stronger in that choosing comfort will almost always prevent you from ever getting there.

Being comfortable today almost always means you will miss out on tomorrow.

God’s ways will challenge our comfort and they will call us out of our comfort in order to see greater things in our lives and the lives of those around us. Ask Abraham, Joseph, David, Ruth, Esther, Peter, John, Paul and Jesus. God isn’t trying to destroy comfort, but rather He is calling us out of that which will bring death and into those things that bring life.

Pastor Todd’s challenge to us this past Sunday is vital. What is/are your bowl(s) of soup? If you want life, growth and progress it is time to identify those bowls, pour them out and choose God’s promises and God’s truth instead. No matter how uncomfortable.

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