Our days are marked by decisions. How we approach and act on these decisions lays the foundation for our lives. However, I have noticed a common denominator in regards to the way people approach decisions and life in general—they live by the Code of Comfort.
The Code of Comfort
The Code of Comfort when adhered to, is the approach to pursue comfort in any and every situation.
Moreover, it is also the understanding that this is other people's goal as well. Some of us will be more conscientious of that— for others, their own comfort is of most priority.
You may not realize it, but most of us live by the Code of Comfort.
Our lives are constructed around our pursuit of comfort. We make decisions now to endure for a season if comfort is promised on the other end.
We weigh opportunities based on their ability to provide us with comfort—whether financial, social, relational, or otherwise.
The Code of Comfort drives us to the comfort we think we want. In essence, the Code of Comfort is ruled by a pursuit of satisfying our own desire for a feeling of familiarity, affirmation, and predictability.
However, we often mistakenly confuse this kind of comfort for peace.
The Code of Comfort is not a rule to pursue peace, it is a rule to pursue selfishness and laziness.
It promotes a lack of trust in God's ability to provide peace and promotes a self-protective reaction to establish a "comfortable" life at whatever the cost, in hope that peace will be the result.
The Code of Comfort is in direct opposition to God prescription for peace. Instead, God has given us a different code to guide us as Christians.
God calls us to abandon the Code of Comfort and adhere to the greater code to which He has called us—the Code of Courage.
The Code of Courage
Many different times in the Bible, God exhorts us to adhere to a life of courage—the Code of Courage.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The self-serving comfort that our culture promotes is void of providing real peace. The Bible reveals the true source of peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
The Code of Comfort is built on the principle of avoiding situations that may produce fear or worry in order to experience comfort. Comfort is the end goal of following the Code of Comfort.
In contrast, God desires us to follow His Code of Courage. In living courageously, Jesus has given us peace knowing we are following Him and even comfort (Not worldly comfort, void of difficulty, but godly comfort founded in trusting the Savoir) in trusting in him.
In that trust, we can live courageously as we follow Jesus direction in our lives regardless of the uncomfortable ramifications.
What does a courageous life look like?
Jesus lived courageously throughout His whole life, so He ought to be our example.
First, Jesus lived courageously in relationships, that is, He spoke the truth even when it was uncomfortable and He loved transcendently those who were looked upon as unlovable.
Jesus spoke the truth and loved courageously in relationships.
Second, Jesus lived courageously, in that He did not worry about future, instead he enacted what his purpose was in the time He had on earth.
He lived each day fulfilling His mission.
Third, Jesus lived courageously, in that, even in His weakness He trusted the Father.
Through weakness and trial, He trusted the Father, even when He asked for another way for the Father's will to be fulfilled, He trusted.
Code of Courage > Code of Comfort
To follow Jesus is a daily decision, as is the decision to live courageously without fear. It is one of the toughest decisions you'll have to make.
It won't be easy.
In fact, it is impossible by yourself, because you can't live perfectly according to the Code of Courage.
You will fall back into your tendency to follow the Code of Comfort—God again will call you out into His courage.
Striving to live a courageous life will not be in vain.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
The Code of Comfort promises comfort and an escape from fear. The Code of Courage provides peace from God and His power to live fearlessly!
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