Comfort is king when we’re about the house.
We want to feel the coolness of polished wood under our feet. Plush carpet swallows our toes, and we relish the feel.
When we must wear shoes indoors, we want soft and comfortable, to be able to slip our feet in and walk on a cushioned cloud. Whether lined with brushed suede, cushy wool, or soft satin, our skin is enveloped in luxury beyond compare.
The thing we must remember with house shoes is that they can’t stand the abuse of outdoors. Stones will tear away the bottom. Concrete with wear them down. Dirt will stain them, and they’ll become nasty and ragged.
When we step out the door, we must kick off our comfortable shoes and slip on more durable wear: hard leather soles for work; cushioned rubber for the track; and an aggressive tread for trekking an off-road path.
That’s how our walk with Jesus is. It’s great to be cuddled by him, to let him envelop us in his love, but the time comes when we must put on sturdier attire, because we’ve got work to do.
Matthew 16:24 draws the design in Jesus’ own words.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’ ”
There’s a time to luxuriate in the softness of Christ’s love, and it’s refreshing to return to it from time to time. The real endurance Christ expects from us comes from our leather soles, our cushioned rubber, and an aggressive tread. We must be able to tramp the hard path and return unscathed from the roughness of our journey.
Our cross for Christ might abrade our shoulder, but Jesus is there to share the journey.
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