In Luke chapter 17, Jesus says some tough things, which challenge us to look at how devoted we are to God and His kingdom. Here is what He says:
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:26-30 (NLT)
Using two historic examples from the Old Testament, Jesus is warning us to be careful not to let ourselves get sidetracked by the pleasures and comforts the world offers. When we do that, we will eventually find ourselves longing for, and pursuing things, that lead us away from God. Pleasure and comfort are not intrinsically wrong, but when they become our primary goals, we end up choosing them over God’s will when He calls for sacrifice.
Jesus’ invitation to follow Him means trusting and obeying Him, regardless of the cost. This isn’t masochism, it’s actually wise. No one knows us better, or loves us more than Him. He will never mislead or misdirect us. We can count on suffering and persecution as we trust and obey, but we can also take comfort knowing that God is using, even our pain and loss for good purposes (Romans 8:28-29).