Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
When you stop to think about it, we use cages quite frequently. At the local zoo we keep animals in cages so we can view them without the risk of us getting hurt. At some warehouse facilities, a cage similar to the one above is used to prevent non-employees from entering the building without an escort. Cages are also used in some fighting events, such as MMA and WWF/WWE. Indeed, motorcycle and scooterists often refer to automobile drivers as “cagers”.
However, there is another type of cage. This is a cage we don’t often want to admit even exists. It is also the cruelest of cages. It is the cage of human comfort. It is a cage that holds many, and many who do not realize that they are in this cage. Even worse, because of how comfortable we are in this cage, we are often blind to what is going on around us, thinking only of our own comfort.
Our Lord Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Yep, the way to destruction is the easy the path, the comfortable path. It is the difficult path that leads to everlasting life.
Hold up! I already know. My critics would be rather quick to accuse me of living a comfortable, saying that I don’t suffer for my faith. I would agree, I do live a semi-comfortable life. However, I have also been abused and held at gunpoint because of my faith. I have been slandered and assaulted. I have been forced to miss meals (even in the military) because of my faith. I have also lost friends who chose the way of the world rather than the way of God. Was I too outspoken of my faith? Yes. Would I want to change that? NO! Why? Because Jesus also said in Matthew 10:32~33 “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” Thus, I will speak of and proclaim my Lord, even if it costs me my life.
Yes, I may now live a comfortable life. However, I am also prepared to live through trials and tribulations again. In this age of apostasy, I can almost expect it. I am not willing to become to accustomed to comfort for I know full well it can all be plowed away.
To some extent, I think it was said best in the Kevin Sorbo movie “God’s Not Dead”. An old lady with dementia is watching television as her son sits and talks to her. He compares his life to hers. She turns to him and says that the devil is a cruel jailer, providing a comfortable cell and keeping the door open, so you don’t even realize that you are in a cell until it is too late and the door is slammed on you. Yes, we become distracted with things that make us comfortable, but it is all a cage to distract us from God and his word.
While we live in this world, it is not to late to escape this cage of comfort. Christ Jesus died upon the cross and rose from the grave to save us from our sins. By faith we can follow him and escape, or we can continue in sin and find ourselves in the worst cage of all, Hell. Reject God’s gift through Christ Jesus and that last cage, Hell, will be the cage in which the door is slammed shut with no escape.