I wrote this piece to remind my people of faith that faith isn’t merely a matter of our own eternal comfort. True faith should equally concern itself with the discomfort of its adherents as it pertains to the service and care of others. Let’s be careful to not confuse convenience with good living. I am so grateful for the internal moral voice of the Spirit which prompts me to consider my ways and evaluate my motives. True servant leadership requires that I look to serve rather than be served because the assumption for true leadership is that we’re healthy and grounded enough to know the difference between the two. Inconvenience is a powerful way of life for true leaders.
My Inconvenient Jesus!
Something is only inconvenient if you don’t fully understand or appreciate it. Like:
• Wearing your seatbelt
• Buying insurance
• Getting a tetanus shot
But when a crisis hits, and you’re protected, what once seemed like a moment of inconvenience has yielded a lifetime of gratitude.
In over 30 years of service to the Savior, I have found Jesus to be profoundly inconvenient. That is because I don’t fully understand or appreciate Him.
When I want to right a wrong that was done against me- my Inconvenient Jesus says to me:
~Turn the other cheek
~Settle the matter quickly
~Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
When I want to do what feels comfortable to me, my Inconvenient Jesus says to me:
~Endure hardness like a soldier
~Seek the Father’s plan
~Rejoice during times of mistreatment
When I want to be seen, heard and recognized, my Inconvenient Jesus says to me:
~Don’t let your left hand know what you right hand is doing
~The 1st shall be last
When I want success, by society’s standards — now! My Inconvenient Jesus says to me:
~Let someone else call you “good”
~Contribute to the success of others first
~Define success in Kingdom terms rather than merely what is personally beneficial
When I want an easier stress free life, my Inconvenient Jesus asks me:
~Why don’t you lean on me?
~Why won’t you trust my answers?
~Why don’t you believe that I am working all things out for your good?
Convenience tells me:
~Live a little
~You’re worth it
~Have it your way, you deserve better!
Do I deserve better than Jesus?! Is the servant greater than the master? Do I want more privilege than God?
Heck yes! …If I’m honest.
Society offers me convenience, but at a steeper price because I’d rather pay than to be inconvenienced!!
And if it isn’t suitable for my lifestyle…I can always:
Quit it, abandon it, avoid it, lose it, exchange it, divorce it, upgrade it, deny it, or repackage it.
Please keep in mind that whatever it is that we do “it,” never requires us to look at “us.”
So…when “it” has been:
Quit, Abandoned, Avoided
Lost, Exchanged, Divorced
Upgraded, Denied, or Repackaged
We are left with no one or nothing else to blame until we find another convenient “it.”
Inconvenience is detox for the:
I was almost tempted to live a meaningless, non-impactful, one-dimensional, benign life...but my Inconvenient Jesus said:
Something is really only inconvenient if you don’t fully understand or appreciate it.
Dr. Gee is the senior pastor of Fountain of Life Church and the president/founder of The Nehemiah Corporation. You can find out more about Dr. Alex Gee at www.alexgee.com or follow him on Twitter at @alexgeejr.