The problem with convenience in our spiritual walk

1 John 1:3A few years ago, there was an independently owned bookstore near my home. I loved visiting this store. It had a cozy atmosphere with free coffee and comfortable chairs.

I always lost track of time browsing through the aisles of books from every genre. Hours would go by as I immersed myself in the imaginative world of authors.

This store was unique, as they had an entire section devoted to local writers who would occasionally stop by to sign books. It was one of the features I loved.

Not long after opening, a well-known bookstore opened a few blocks away. The independent bookstore closed not long after. It did not close because of high prices or a lack of books.

It was about convenience.

The larger store was closer to the main road. It was easier to pull into their parking lot than to drive a few blocks down the road where parking was scarce.

It’s easy to choose the path of least resistance in our busy worlds. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for convenience. Sometimes it’s easier to pick up the phone and order a pizza instead of making a meal from scratch.

Unfortunately, convenience can become a crutch. When we rely on it too much, it can work its way into our spiritual lives.

We have the world at our disposal through technology. It’s easy to search scriptures on the Internet, watch a favorite evangelist on television or receive inspirational messages in our email.

These methods are great and aid in our spiritual walk, but we can’t rely only on these methods. God wants to have a personal relationship with each one of us.

Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden and had a loving and personal relationship with Him. After sin entered into the world, that relationship was broken.

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For God did not send his Son into the word to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Jesus died so that we can have a relationship with God.

Fortunately, we have a loving God who put a plan into motion to restore what was taken away that day in the garden.

He sent his only son to die on the cross. Jesus not only wiped away our sins with his blood, he opened the passage for us to personally communicate with God once again.

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We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

Now we can approach God and receive peace and joy through a relationship with Him.

Let’s claim our relationship with Him today.

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13 thoughts on “The problem with convenience in our spiritual walk

  1. I come across convenient resources and go back and forth on whether or not they are great tools. While many are great tools and aids, we cannot rely 100% on them. Being in God’s Word shouldn’t be done in the most convenient way ever. It’s priority should make it so important that convenience isn’t our goal.

  2. I agree. Often the easy thing isn’t the best thing. Straining to reach up to the “top shelf” for the deeper things of God stretches us in ways that “bottom drawer” faith will never do. When have to wrestle with understanding or grapple with application, it changes us and forms Christ in us.

  3. Great insight! Even my devotional times are “easier” if I read something someone else wrote instead of diving directly into the Word with only God as my guide. This makes me think… Joining you from Women with Intention and Compel, of course 😉

  4. Jenny, you make such an impact in so few words. It’s convenient- and inconvenient because this hits home. Ouch. Priorities like time with the Lord shouldn’t be based on convenience. This has me thinking, thank you! : )

  5. We have a local donut shop called “Donuts and Yogurt.” They sell yummy donuts! Recently the chain Dunkin Donuts just moved in right in front of them. My hubby still goes to “Donuts and Yogurt.’ I love the point that sometimes we need ttSo do what’s not convenient. I may be old school, but I still love bringing my Bible to church and reading it. I”m glad I found your post at Dance With Jesus link-up today!

  6. I’m so glad we can indeed have that relationship with Jesus Christ. We do live in a world where convenience often determines our decisions. I’m thankful for the blessings of freedom in our country where we can choose to follow Christ without the “inconveniences” that many have to face in our other places.

  7. Great thoughts. It’s so important to take that quiet time with the Lord, read His Word and hear from Him without the convenience of just listening to others input.

    Glad I stopped by from the ‘RaRa link-up’ today. : )

  8. You brought back memories for me, of exactly the same sweet kind of little indy Christian bookstore that closed just after I discovered it! I felt such loss, though I hardly got to sit with coffee and books and enjoy it before it was gone. There’s a lot that can disappear like that because we neglected it… for convenience sake. Thanks for these thoughts.

  9. Your post reminds me of the movie The Shop Around the Corner, with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The big box store is convenient, the big box Christianity is convenient, and sometimes necessary, but not always the most beneficial for us. Great thoughts. I’m behind you at Testimony Tuesday .

  10. I agree, too often we rely too much on convenience. The scripture came to mind (Matthew 7:14), “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

    We definitely have to be careful. Thanks for sharing!

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