Comfort can be a blessing and a curse. Too much comfort, and we grow less, not more, holy.
And don’t make me too rich or too poor—give me only enough food for each day (Prov. 30:8).
How do we overcome the apathy that flows from having too much comfort?
Consistently expose yourself to something that creates righteous discomfort.
How did the Apostle Paul do it?
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart [NLT: My heart is filled with sorrow and unending grief]. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh (Romans 9:1-2).
Paul filled his heart with sadness and kept it full so that it never stopped hurting. Why? Because it destroyed his tranquility and ease at the horrifying situation of his fellow Jews.
Application Question: What holy discomfort do you need to take on so that you will cease to be apathetic about God’s priorities for your life?