Character Over Comfort

Have you ever thought of life here on earth as a temporary assignment from God?

We won’t be here long. In God’s timing, our time here is but a minute. In our timing, we have a hundred ears, if we are lucky. It’s really just a shadow of time to God, but we allow ourselves to get attached to this place and all that we have here.

David prayed, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.” (Psalm 39:4, NLT) So too should we pray this. As believers, we need to realize that there is far more to life than just our time on this earth. Our home is in heaven and everything here won’t matter in eternity.

God is very up front with the dangers of living for what you have here on earth. You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.” (James 4:4, MSG)

This world and all that is in it will pass away (1 Corinthians 7:31). He says to make good use of all we have been given, but do not get attached. Life is easy here, for many of us. We have all the entertainment we could want, attractions are at every corner, media allows us to see all, and modern travel lets us experience many places and cultures. The pursuit of all these things is not what life is about.

We are preparing for something better. “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, MSG) I really love how The Message puts these verses. The things that we see today will be gone tomorrow, but the things we can’t see will last forever. Our eternity in heaven we can’t see today, but that is what will last forever.

Feeling discontent or dissatisfied is not a bad thing. We aren’t supposed to be completely fulfilled and happy here on earth. We find that when we enter our real home. C.S. Lewis said, “All this is not eternal is eternally useless.”

It is not God’s goal for our lives to give material prosperity or success as the world defines. He is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is interested in what you are becoming and not in making life easy. “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” (1 Peter 2:11-12, MSG)

Think about this: Since God is more interested in your character than comfort, how does that change the way you view and respond to every day?

Until next time,

Tara DeMaris

Tara is the founder and president of Titus II Ministry as well as a contributing writer and speaker. She is the wife to David, eighteen years, and the mother to their five children. Together, they make their home in Missouri. She is a graduate of Crown College and most passionate about reaching the hearts of women globally through mentoring, friendship, and God’s Word. She is also the co-author of Journey In Faith. “Make history with God and He will make history through you.”

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