Discerning Mission: Christ doesn’t call us to live a comfortable life

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August 23, 2013 by Alex Johannigman

God’s call is never an easy one. We hear in the gospels many parables where it seems like the gate to inherit eternal life is a little too tight for comfort. “It’s easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” “Whatever you did not do for the least of these you did not do for me.” “If your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out.”

Jesus says these things to pull us out of our comfort zone. One of my biggest and most frequent sins since I was in elementary school is thinking that I’m a much better person than I actually am, and that my good qualities far outweigh the bad. I usually act like I’ve got my life all put together. I may mess up on tiny things from time to time that “don’t really matter,” but as far as the big things as concerned, I think of myself as a faultless servant of God. Pride is the most frequent thing keeping me from growing closer to God and serving him to the very best of my ability.

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