It’s never pleasant to be pushed “out of your comfort zone” but that is usually when and where we experience growth! And it is very often where God would lead us (and additionally, what pleases Him)!
This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage from His word that left me feeling a lot like Jesus was doing that to me… Here’s what Jesus said…
“When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends, or your brothers and sisters, or your relatives, or your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14 ESV)
Now, I have to admit I feel a lot more comfortable with that first group! They’re my friends! They’re family! I know them. They accept me. We’ve got a lot in common. And my rich neighbors… they can help me succeed – I get recognition and status from hanging out with them!
The problem is, I’m a Christ follower! He’s my Savior and leader. He not only rescued me from sin and self – He’s committed to my spiritual growth! I’ve embraced His values! I’ve committed my life to following Him! He is Lord and all that term implies! And He insists that real life is not about me – it’s not about living “in my comfort zone.” It’s about meeting needs – about loving others! So He urges me to honor the poor, the challenged, the disadvantaged, the marginalized… those who cannot return the favor. He insists that’s the way to blessing! And as if to push me even further, He says the payoff may not even be in this life – it may come in the afterlife – after the resurrection in heaven!
And my response as a Christ follower? It’s got to be “Yes, Lord – I’ll do it! Thank you for caring enough about my spiritual development to push me out “of my comfort zone!”