Has God ever asked you to think outside the box? Has he ever asked you to do something that would stretch your personality and stretch your resources? Has he ever asked you to do anything at all that would take you out of your comfort zone? When He does, it’s not to torment you. It’s for a much greater purpose – your growth as a believer in Jesus. Afternoon host Jeff Loman shares some biblical examples and additional encouragement in today’s blog.
LEAVING THE COMFORT ZONE OF A FAMILIAR PATH
You might’ve heard it said in churches or even from your own mouth, “We’ve never done it that way before.” But sometimes the comfort of a routine can get in the way of how God wants to use us. In Acts 8:26-40, God sends an angel to the Apostle Phillip with instructions to do something different. The angel tells him to travel a desert road as opposed to a route he would usually take. In obedience, Phillip does exactly as instructed even though it was a more difficult, undesirable and uncomfortable desert road. As a result, he has the opportunity to share the gospel with an Ethiopian who was curious about Scripture. In this story, not only is Philip’s faith reinforced, but also another new believer was brought in the family of God.
OVERCOMING FEAR TO LEAVE OUR COMFORT ZONE
One of the greatest barriers to stepping outside our comfort zone is our own fear. Yet, God calls Joshua as well as today’s believers to embrace courage, assuring us that He is with us wherever we go. By venturing beyond our comfort zone, we place ourselves in situations where our faith is stretched, our reliance on God is deepened, and our fears are confronted. It is in these moments of vulnerability that we witness God’s faithfulness. In Joshua’s example, he and the Israelites see His faithfulness as as they walk and blow trumpets until Jericho’s walls crumble. As we step out in faith, we open ourselves to incredible opportunities for growth and deeper trust. It’s a chance you don’t want to miss as you watch God show up in miraculous and powerful ways.
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TAKING UP THE CROSS AND SURRENDERING SELF
Following Christ requires a willingness to let go of our own desires, comfort, and security. By walking in obedience and stepping outside our comfort zone, we practice surrendering self. When we choose to embrace discomfort, serving Christ and others sacrificially, we align ourselves with Christ’s example of ultimate love and selflessness. Whether it be engaging in mission work or simply stepping out to build relationships with those different from us, these acts of self-denial forge a stronger connection to our Savior. It is through the crucible of discomfort that our faith is refined, and our hearts are transformed to mirror the sacrificial love of Christ.
GOD WANTS US TO GROW OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT ZONE
Stepping outside our comfort zone is an indispensable part of our journey as Christians. It is in obedience despite the discomfort, fears, and unknown territories where we find continued transformation into the image of Christ. As we follow His leading, embrace courage, surrender self, and share the Gospel, we see astounding things happen. We witness God’s faithfulness, experience His power, and deepen our intimacy with Him. Let us be willing to let go of our fears, break free from the confines of familiarity, and embark on a faith-filled adventure that stretches us beyond what we thought possible. Remember, with every step we take outside our comfort zone, we aren’t walking alone. We stroll hand-in-hand with our loving Heavenly Father, who delights in seeing His children grow.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Has God grown you through an uncomfortable circumstance? Or is there a verse you lean on in those times? Tell us about it in the comments!