Comfort is often the enemy of achievement. Think about it: When a person’s primary goal in life is to see how comfortable they can make themselves, they seldom achieve much else in life beyond their own comfort.
That’s because comfort generally makes us content, and contentment, by definition, means a state of mind where there is no drive to achieve anything further. Content people have no need to innovate, motivate or create.
While excessive physical comfort may hinder growth in virtually any area of life, it’s potential hindrance to spiritual growth is especially perilous. In the book of James, God warns the rich about the perils of a life dominated by luxury and pleasure. While the rich may have achieved much to arrive at where they are financially, their biggest challenge now is not letting their comfort lead to contentment. James knew that comfort, resulting in contentment was often the enemy of spiritual achievement.
Here’s the application: As God blesses your diligence with material comforts, you’ll need to remain vigilant to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.