We are going to understand what is this dysfunctional comfort that Steven Furtick is referring to because after you do you will see what was the real purpose of Jesus in our lives. There has been a massive confusion about God and comfort that should be clarified.
When Steven Furtick asked to raise hands of those who think that they have a dysfunctional family, he got the surprise that almost everyone raised their hands. And that’s something very interesting to analyze using the life of Jesus as a parallel.
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a Boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
— Mark 1.14-20
As you can see, coming into the calling of God means coming out of our comfort zone (v.18,20). Actually, the context of Christianity is that Christ didn’t come to make us comfortable. This is the dysfunctional comfort.
Even though the Holy Spirit cam to convict and comfort, the primary objective of Jesus in the earth wasn’t comfort, it’s confrontation. And that’s what Jesus do with us. He confronts the systems that kept the people in bondage and in captivity.
Usually, we relate the comfort with God’s presence and confrontation with the devil but usually is not like that. Actually, God is the one confronting us and the devil prefers to make us comfortable so we don’t have the necessity of God. You might have been blaming the devil for God’s handiwork.
The greatest enemy of faith is not fear, is familiarity. Fear can lead you to faith meanwhile familiarity will keep you in the same place.
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
— Mark 1.21-22
Capernaum means the village of the comforted and when Jesus started to teach as a guest speaker there was no problem because it was something common in the culture. But the story doesn’t end like that.
The greatest proclamation of the gospel is not explanation, it is demonstration. This is why Jesus had authority.
Something else I want you to remember is that Jesus didn’t call the people who make Him feel comfortable, He called the people who make Him effective.
23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24 “what do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — The Holy One of God!” 26 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of Him!”
— Mark 1.23-25
In the ancient world everything was a demon and even though today we still have demons, we call them dysfunctions instead. And sometimes we learn to love our own dysfunctions because we like the way it makes us feel.
4 Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
— 2 Corinthians 1.4
You might be using food as a bad source of comfort, or maybe you use people as a bad source of comfort. It’s true that God should be our source of comfort because if needed he will disrupt our comfort to confront our dysfunction.
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
— Matthew 11.20
Surprise, surprise. Can you guess which cities didn’t repent? Remember that the greatest enemy of faith is not fear, is familiarity. In other words, comfort.
23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
— Matthew 11.23
As a conclusion you should expect from God to be confronted so you can be free from all that dysfunctional comfort. That’s why it is said that if Jesus makes you free then you will be truly free.
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