The Benefits of Being Inconvenienced

Welcome to one of the busiest times of the year.

If you’re like the rest of us, your life is already full of everyday responsibilities that keep your schedules full, then the Holiday season arrives...do I need to say more?

I know you don’t need me to remind you how busy we all are, but I do want to encourage you, that in the midst of our hustle and bustle, that we not miss the many opportunities that are all around us to make a difference.

Have you ever noticed that God does not always do things on your timetable or in ways that are convenient? Paul told Timothy that he had to fulfill his duties whether it was convenient or inconvenient.

Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome...]” - 2 Timothy 4:2 Amp

I doubt Timothy was nearly as addicted to convenience as we are today, yet Paul thought it was important to remind him to be prepared to be inconvenienced or interrupted by God. If Timothy needed to hear that, how much more do we need to hear it because we are probably more attached to convenience than Timothy ever was.

I believe we can all agree that inconvenience has become a major enemy to us being the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need. People in need are all around us, everywhere we go every day.


The most rewarding moments in life are always found on the other side of inconvenience.


Jesus taught us how to beat this enemy through some of his best-known parables. For example the parable of the Wedding Banquet in Luke chapter 14. In this story each of the invited guests sent a last minute, "sorry I can't make it" reply.

They, no doubt, made a range of excuses along the lines of being too busy, the event not being important, or having other pressing engagements.

Imagine the huge inconvenience this caused to the banquet host, who in the parable is representative of God. Everything was ready; no expense had been spared. The food was cooked. The room reserved and all he needed was the guest but they declined. How convenient.

Instead of caving into their apathy, the host tells his servants to go to and find others who were not on the original guest list but maybe glad of the opportunity. He pressed beyond the huge initial inconvenience, further inconvenienced his staff and just kept reaching more people until the banquet was filled.

God is always willing to be inconvenienced to reach someone and so must we.


The fact that many acts of kindness are inconvenient is actually good for us.


When the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness, they were led by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. According to Numbers 9, when the cloud moved, they had to move and when it hovered, they stay where they were. Interesting thing is that there was no pattern or plan they knew of concerning when the cloud or pillar of fire might move. They simply had to move when it did. They had to stay ready.

The Bible says that sometimes it moved during the day and sometimes it moved at night. Sometimes it rested for a few days and sometimes rested for one day. I seriously doubt that they ever hung "Do Not Disturb" signs on the openings of their tents to let God know they did not want to be inconvenienced—after all, this was their morning to sleep in!

When He decided it was time to make progress, they packed up and followed Him. When He decides it is time for us to move to the next level of our journey in Him, we should never say, "This is just not a good time!"


God is always willing to be inconvenienced to reach someone and so must we.

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Wouldn't it have been nice if God provided a monthly calendar showing all the moving days so they could have been mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared?I wonder why He didn't do that? Was it simply because He interrupts us on purpose just to see how we will respond?

Proverbs challenges us,

"Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow.” -Proverbs 3:27-28 MSG


Life teaches us that all too often the best things in life – its greatest breakthroughs, miracles and memories – seem to be deliberately placed just beyond our convenient reach.


The greatest things in life are protected by just enough challenges, setbacks and inconveniences. This guarantees that only those who really want to make a difference will make it to where amazing things can happen.

Are you willing to stand up and not be afraid to declare
"Go Ahead, Inconvenience Me?"

Some of the greatest miracles will never happen unless someone slows down, takes notice and is willing to be inconvenienced.

Some of the greatest connections will never happen unless someone slows down, takes notice and is willing to be inconvenienced.

Some of the greatest songs ever written and ideas ever thought of will never happen unless someone slows down, takes notice and is willing to be inconvenienced.


The great thing about slowing down and taking notice is, it requires no training, preparation or skill. It takes someone to be willing to keep their eyes and ears open and get ready to slow down and just stop for someone.


To be the hands and feet of Jesus, start by slowing down. Start by noticing people, by listening, by being aware of others. Lift your head up a little, take your blinders off, take your earbuds out and enjoy the journey.

Remember, as you are out buying presents and preparing for Christmas, the most rewarding moments in life are always found on the other side of inconvenience.