I listened to a message by Pastor Steven Furtick recently, and he spoke about comfort zones. He talked about how God’s people tend to make excuses instead of being obedient to what Christ tells us to do simply because we’re scared we’ll leave our comfort zone.
I’m not sure that any of us truly LOVE being out of our comfort zones. Sure, there’s the adrenaline junkies, but it seems the entire human race loves comfort, safety, and security in certain situations. We love comfort and safety and security in relationships, in finances, in shelter, in our jobs…
Yet, as Pastor Steven says, our Christian walk has to be lived outside of our comfort zone. Because God is a God who calls us out of our comfort zones. He isn’t content with leaving us where He found us… that place where we were comfortable… comfortable in our sin… comfortable with our lives as they were.
He has bigger and better plans… but to reach them, we have to travel outside of that zone into new places.
I believe the first major move outside of our comfort zone in our Christian walk is the same for everyone… salvation. It’s not easy to make that public declaration of faith… faith in the unseen God.
Beyond salvation, each step that we take with Christ is a step further out of that comfort zone. And that journey is different for everyone.
If you look at Hebrews 11, you’ll see that difference in journeys. You’ll see that each was called out of their comfort zone in a different way, yet each responded in the same way… with faith.
Abel – called out of the comfort of possessions and pride and instead gave an acceptable sacrifice
Enoch – called out of the comfort of pleasing himself and instead pleased God
Noah – called out of the comfort of fitting in with others and instead obeyed God’s command
Abraham – called out of the comfort of his home and his family and instead followed God without knowing the plans beforehand
Sarah – called out of the comfort of what the world says to be true and instead believed God’s promise to her
Abraham – called out of the comfort of holding on to what he loved and instead trusted God with what he loved
Isaac and Jacob – called out of the comfort of control and instead trusted God with their future and their family’s futures
Joseph – called out of the comfort of status and wealth and instead believed that God would honor His Word
Moses’ parents – called out of the comfort of obeying the world’s evil command and instead saved their son and their nation
Moses – called out of the comfort of his position and of safety and instead saved millions
Rahab – called out of the comfort of her sin and her livelihood and instead believed that God could redeem her
- What is God calling you out of?
Because what you’re leaving behind cannot compare with what He has in front of you.
It cannot compare with how your faith and obedience will affect your life and could affect the lives of others.
2. Was there anything special about these people?
Yes, they were weak. If you read their stories throughout the Bible, you will see that they weren’t “exemplary” characters on their own. They struggled.
But they had faith, and it says that “their weakness was turned to strength” because of their faith in what God would do (Hebrews 11:34).
So, if you’re like me and you see comfort fading in your rearview mirror, rest assured that “God [has] something better in mind for us…” (Hebrews 11:40). And get excited at what He is about to do in your life!
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