[Notice – I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of the upcoming “Up!” book. Enjoy!]
Our culture promotes convenience, comfort, and quick-and-easy.
100 years ago it would have been virtually inconceivable to drive up to a restaurant window, order your meal, and get it back almost instantaneously. 20 years ago it would have been virtually inconceivable to pick up a smart phone and video call someone on the other side of the planet in real time.
Yup, convenience and comfort are king.
But when it comes to faith, here’s my question: Does God always make your life BETTER by making it EASIER?
In Luke 9:23 Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
A cross was a way to torture and kill political criminals. So when Jesus says to take up a cross daily and follow him, he doesn’t mean we need to physically experience death every day. What he means is that we need to crucify our egos and selfish ways every day if we truly want to be his disciples. Only then can we put him first, be a part of the change he is working in the world, and experience the abundant life he wants for us.
So, does God always make your life better by making it easier? No.
Granted, some things are in fact better and easier at the same time. Like an illness being cured or an acute stress coming to an end. But when you think about the big picture decisions you make, the tough choices, and the ways you cultivate your character to be more like Jesus, God doesn’t’ always make your life better by making it easier.
The way of Christ isn’t always easy. But it’s better, more meaningful, and more joyful.
What big decision do you have to make? Don’t just do what is easy. Do what is right.
Easier isn’t always better.
By Matthew Ruttan
- “Up!” is published 5 days a week and returns on August 13th