I've never lost a job because of my faith, never been arrested for owning a Bible, never been beaten for attending church.
I consider regular meals, hot water, and a comfortable bed "necessities."
Most of you are the same.
We live such easy lives compared to most of the world, that we've come to believe we deserve our comfort and wealth. We think we've denied ourselves when we give up one of our many luxuries.
We've become "Couch Christians"-- willing to do the easy things for Christ, but convinced that nothing more is required.
Studies show some startling things about the average American Christian:
1. They give only 2.5% of their income to God's work.*(source).
2. Most never go on a mission trip (77%) (source).
3. The Majority (81%) don't read their Bibles daily (source).
4. A third have never made a faith-choice that cost them anything (source).
Let's read Luke 9:23-26 and ask if we've become too comfortable with our blessings.
*During the Great Depression Christians gave 3.3% (source).