It Might End Badly
This is not the sort of thing you want to hear in Christianity. It isn't the sort of thing you want to hear anywhere really but especially regarding salvation.
Now, hear me out.
God is good. All the time. And I'm not saying anything different. I believe wholeheartedly that we are in his hands, called to make the decisions to try and best follow him.
God has his ultimate plan and we, the church, a part of it, and it is so very exciting.
But there is not guarantee that you will be in your comfort zone. In fact, knowing how God likes to work, there's a fairly good chance you will most definitely never be in your comfort zone ever again.
Now, when Jesus was on earth and the disciples were following him, I doubt Jesus walking around saying,
"hey guys, follow me. I can save your life but you also might die tomorrow."
That isn't the implication and yet there was a constant sign on their head as they followed him, marking them as outcasts, solidifying them on the list of targets for the government hit list.
"Follow Jesus, it might end badly."
Although you may not have the risk of beheading following you around everyday, leading a Christian life is a lot of times the unpopular thing to do. Being a rule follower never gets you any cool points at parties.
1 John 3 verse 13 says "Do not be surprised that the world hates you. For you have passed out of death into life. Because we love others." and the world will hate you for it.
There must be a constant resacrificing of ourselves for Christ's cause so that he can redefine us to live not as the world tells us, but as he calls us.
We live in a society that self-promotes and feeds on comparison.
John 15 verse 18-20 expand on this idea saying "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours."
This is such an important proclamation for the kingdom of God.
We must live by Christ, through the toils of this world for the ultimate sacrifice of living forever.
Matthew 16 verse 24-28
If you hold onto your life, you will lose it. What's the point of gaining the world, if you lose your soul?
Build your foundation. Breathe. Love God.
It might end badly.
Here, but never there.
Dying, but living forever.