SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:34a (TM) – larger reading Matthew 10:34-42
"Don't think I've come to make life cozy."
Governor Jay S. Hammond of Alaska declared May 23, 1982, as Rosa Parks Day, in honor of this courageous woman who dared to sit in the front of the bus during the Montgomery, Alabama, bus sit-in. With only nine thousand blacks scattered throughout this vast state (including military personnel), about seven hundred of them came to see and hear the sixty-nine-year-old lady speak. Observing her deep cold, her friend of many years, an attorney in Anchorage, Ashley Dickerson, said, “Rosa, you don’t have to say anything. Your life has spoken.”
We like cozy. We settle into comfortable. There are adjustments to our lifestyle. We compromise explaining away any conflict there might be with our Christian beliefs and the choices we make in life. We like cozy.
A life speaks volumes. A life is more powerful than mere words. Words once taught become bare over against a life sadly lived to the cozy side.
We each desire a cozy life… a life of comfort and peace. A life filled with love, acceptance and companionship. No one can blame an individual for seeking such a life – except when it is sought outside the biblical principles. Grace, God’s grace, still applies – freely and generously, but the joy of the Lord escapes ones grasp.
In John’s gospel a woman was brought to Jesus who was caught in the act of adultery. Jesus’ final words to her apply: “I neither condemn you go and sin no more” or “leave your life of sin.” (7:53f). She was comfortable with her cozy life with many husbands and the relationship she was having, but Jesus wasn’t. He longed for a better life for her, a happier life, a more fulfilling life… a life that speaks and witnesses to a deeper relationship with God.
Spiritual journeys can be difficult and challenging. The journey pulls us out of our cozy situations, disturbs our spirit, raises concerns, troubles the soul. As the church roadside stated: “Faith makes it possible not easy.” There is nothing easy about breaking out from our cozy situation. We really cannot have it both ways now can we.
God you know us better than we know ourselves. You know where we are cozy and comfortable. Continue to disturb us until we come back to you.