Selfish Comfort Or Self-denial?

By Melton Short

    It seems that, even at the expense of neglecting prayer, preparation for service, or worship of the King, the average Christian is taken up over the effort to make himself comfortable…. Many people do not find it hard at all to dedicate a couple or more hours a day to some pastime that they find pleasing; yet many actually feel that they just cannot spare thirty minutes a day for communion with the King…. We have allowed the alluring call to a life of ease and conformity to the standards of others to become more charming to us than the call of Christ to deny ourselves and take up the cross to follow Him (Luke 9:23). We have become too soft….

    Certainly there are some (though it is few) who have committed ALL to Him. He has become their life. Should we think it a strange thing that some would have such love for God that they have completely forsaken themselves and their own desires in order to advance the cause of Christ and to bring glory to Him? The world has many who have made this sacrifice and dedication to other "gods." "Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god" (Psa. 16:4).