At Your Inconvenience

One thing I love about the fast paced world we live in is the level of convenience we live with. I can now pay for my parking, skip the queue by pre-paying for my coffee, access my bank accounts and watch the footy all from this small screen in my hand!
But although this convenience can save us time at the front end, in many areas it can cost us a lot more than we anticipated on the other side.
For example, despite all the convenience that fast food chains or home delivery services offer, in the end the unwelcome inconvenience of a sick or broken down body leads us to realise that what matters most is not what is convenient but what is healthy.
However if you value a healthy lifestyle, you will need to consistently jump the hurdles of inconvenience that seek to corral you back to the road of compromise. As for so many of the best things in life, if you prioritise what is heathy over what is easy, you would have already accepted that discomfort and inconvenience is all par for the course.
Felix was a man of authority who had every luxury he could ever wish for. He also had unprecedented access to the most influential preacher and follower of Jesus in history. He was a curious man and would often have Paul taken from his cell to talk about Jesus.
However when it came to the crunch, Felix avoided anything that might challenge his life of convenience and comfort, and as a result rejected what was most healthy to his soul: 
‘As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you” – Acts 24:25 (NIV)
Although some truths are not nice or convenient, in the end we will suffer if we ignoring them by prioritising our temporary comfort or over what is best for us in the long run.
Choosing to follow Jesus is not for the faint hearted. It’s not the easy road to take, as there are many hurdles that seek to push us off course into compromise. However for those who are willing to endure the temporary pain of inconvenience, there is the eternal reward of knowing we lived for what matters most to the heart of God!

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