A Beautiful Enemy

As I think more about being a better neighbor myself..
As I attempt to put small things into action..
There is one thing that fights against me more than anything.

It's a forceful wind that pushes against my advancement.
It's a lingering weight that discourages my progress.
It's a strong current that pulls me inward and only ever inward.

But don't let it's disastrous effects fool you - it is very charming.

It appeals strongly to my desires. 
It promises me the key to happiness.
It sells me on the path to contentment.

It is a beautiful enemy.

There are a lot of enemies to being loving.
There are a lot of distractions to being hospitable.
There are a lot of excuses to being a good neighbor.
Among them all, comfort is king.
We desperately want it and will do anything to maintain it.

When love calls me to engage, comfort beckons me to withdraw.
When love calls me to open my door, comfort beckons me to lock it.
When love calls me to be generous, comfort beckons me to withhold.
When love calls me to puruse, comfort beckons me to give up.

Comfort is an enemy to being a good neighbor in this world.
So how do we combat this alluring destruction?

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4).

There it is. Whether you are a Christian or not, this is the key.
Comfort looks only at your own interests.
Jesus shows us that our affections should be aimed outward, not just inward.
We should look to the interests of others as well -- and primarily.
Why? What's the incentive?

It's the way of Jesus -- and the way of Jesus is the way of life.
The way of Jesus is the path to lasting joy.
The way of Jesus is the door to satisfaction.

Yes, it will cost you money.
Yes, it will cost you energy.
Yes, it will keep you from streaming Netflix some nights.

But in God's Kingdom, what costs us most rewards us the greatest.
What keeps us up will bring the greatest, truest rest.

Don't be deceived by the allure of comfort.
Fight it with faith that loving is the better way.