God has given us a comfort that is greater than anything the culture, other religions, or our own preferences and desires can provide. When we experience the uncomfortable, we can trust in God’s promises of what is to come. There’s a reason behind the uncomfortable aspects of the Christian faith, and by embracing those challenges we’re able to get a fuller picture of who God is and the redemptive work he’s doing in our world.
What if we gave up the “dream church”? What if we stopped trying to find fault with our Christian community and instead embraced the discomfort? In order to know God and be known by His people, we must reject the consumerist church-hunting mindset, lay our preferences down, enter into the awkwardness, and die to our own desires—just like Jesus did. We need to tell God this morning that we give up the idea that we need a community to worship Him but rather we embrace the idea of living stones. We will be a place, together, that He can come and live!