Athlete, Get Comfortable with God
Ephesians 2:19–22 (NIV)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household … with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together … And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
The struggle to be comfortable, to get comfortable, hits all of us.
It’s what we really want when we walk into a room full of strangers, step up to the plate, march to a free throw line, address a dimpled ball on a tee box, debut on a big stage, face a job interview or a judge, compete for a gold medal. Got your own good personal example?
How about being comfortable before God? He wants that to happen! And He’s taken three giant steps to prove it. Let’s look into today’s text and see:
HE GRANTS CITIZENSHIP. God is committed to end our classification as aliens and strangers. He makes us legit as citizens, with all the rights and privileges His kingdom membership brings.
HE ADOPTS AS FAMILY. God wants “household members,” not hesitant visitors. He actively pursues worldwide adoption. That means family status. And when you’re treated as family, you’re in. The comfort level soars.
HE COMES TO DWELL. Most amazingly, God makes His home in the life of each believer. God doesn’t live in temples anymore like He lives in people. He actually takes up residence within hearts.
He abides. He moves in and builds something special in us. And He wants us to be comfortable with this sweet, strong, Spirit residency.
The foundation and cornerstone of being comfortable with God is Christ. Jesus builds and cornerstones our comfort with God. Let’s let Him do His building work in us.
Because of Him we get citizenship, family and indwelling comfort. And when we’re comfortable with God, we become way more comfortable and confident dealing with everything else we find so uncomfortable in life.
Reflect: Have you been adopted by God, secure in His family? Are you experiencing God’s indwelling Spirit guiding and counseling you? Are these spiritual realities bringing you good comfort and confidence?
A prayer to consider: O Jesus, thank You for granting me citizenship, family membership and Your indwelling Spirit. What sweet comfort this brings!
Keep building and cornerstoning me. May I keep finding comfort in You as I face everything else in life that’s uncomfortable. Amen.