“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
–John F. Kennedy
So why should I, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, decide to jump down the rabbit-hole? Why should I move towards simplifying different parts of my life? Can’t I just stay where I am? My life’s pretty comfortable right now. We mustn’t forget that following Jesus is a lifelong journey with the goal of ending up to become more like Him in every way. And that journey (aka discipleship) is often difficult and costly. No pain, no gain, right? If you really want to be like Jesus, then you have little choice but to strive towards it every single day as the Holy Spirit empowers you. It’s quite dangerous to stay where you are—to stay where it’s comfortable. It’s like staying in bed, under the warm sheets, on a chilly morning (something we get way too often here in Canada. Brrr.). No progress will be made in our lives by staying in bed all day. No progress will be made in your Christ-likeness by staying where it’s comfortable.
And so it all begins with Jesus—which is not too surprising since He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Remember, not only have we decided to believe in Jesus but we’ve also committed to follow Him wherever He leads. And so, many of us will have to do a serious heart check here. Is Jesus really my Savior and my Lord? Is Jesus and what He offers all that will satisfy my life and my soul? Is being like Jesus in every way my sole desire? Tough questions. But necessary ones. If you have no desire to end up like Jesus, then it won't come as a surprise if you choose not to follow Him every single day.
One of my contentions in this blog will be this: if we truly want to follow Jesus (and I mean, really follow Jesus)—His ways, His values, and His teachings—then part of that journey necessitates that we move towards simplicity. I’ll talk more about this in the next post. But for now, it’s important for us to do a heart check. Do we really want to follow Jesus?
Let’s follow the leader. His name is Jesus.
P.S. If you’re looking for a good book to read on this topic, I highly recommend Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.