September 5, 2016 by maryruwe
Are you stuck in your comfort zone? Like it so well that you find it difficult to step out in faith and follow God’s plan for your life? Most of us have experienced that feeling at some time, whether in school studies, a job situation, or even a relationship. The key is to not become so satisfied with how we are or where we are, or apathetic, that we become stiff-necked or rebellious against God. Change is hard for most of us but life itself is full of changes. It’s been said that no one changes until the change becomes less troublesome to them than staying where they are. We need to remember that the change God wants for us is for our benefit and carries no remorse.
Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. ~ Pauline R. Kezer
Some questions to consider:
- What comfort zone are you in now that’s keeping you from God’s plan for you?
- What change in your heart does HE want to make?
- What area of service does HE want to move you into?
- Are you so satisfied with where you are that you don’t feel the need to change?
Now, I do believe we are to be comfortable enough in our relationship with God to have a close relationship with Him as our Heavenly Father. We should know that He loves us and that we can come boldly into His Throne Room as His child, in the Name of Jesus, and not be afraid to converse with Him, or to ask and receive help from Him (Hebrews 4:16). However I also believe we need to guard against being so comfortable and satisfied in our relationship with Him that we don’t want to step out of our comfort zones and become the servant He needs us to be. Let’s face the truth: God is in the changing business, but He is not the one who needs to change, it’s us who need to change – change to be more like Him (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). We are to change from glory to glory. We are to change from our image into HIS Image (2 Corn 3:18, 5:17). We can only do this as we draw closer to our Heavenly Father.
A comfort zone offers some distinct attributes.
- One is that of being at ease; free from pain, anxiety and trouble.
- The second attribute is one that gives strength and hope or to console; it also means security. We are to be at ease with our Lord in order to have good fellowship with Him, and from that relationship with Him we are secure in His love, and can receive strength and wisdom to complete the plans He has for us.
- Another description of a zone is that of an area or territory created for a particular purpose. God created each of us for a particular purpose. So let’s not “draw circles” around ourselves and stay in our comfort zone. Let’s be brave and courageous and step out in faith and venture into the plans and purpose God has for us to complete and finish. When we desire to stay where we are we are denying God the right to move in our life and on our behalf. When we refuse to change we are denying Him of His rights that we said we would give Him when we accepted Jesus as our Savior.
He chooses to work through us to minister to others. Our Father God needs us to be faithful to Him to bring the Gospel to the world. The world He may want you to minister to may be your neighbors or someone you work with. Not all of us are called to be evangelists or missionaries, but I do believe we are all called to support these ministries financially and prayerfully.
We need to be courageous and bold to step out of our comfort zone, allowing our Lord to work in our heart and life to complete His workmanship in us, so we can finish our race faithfully serving Him (Ephesians 2:10). The more we focus on God’s Word the more we will be changed. The more we are changed into His likeness, the more the world will be drawn to Him.
So I say to you – move out of your comfort zone and into the comfort zone of God’s Word. Apply the power of His Word to your life and allow Him to change you into the very Image of His dear Son Jesus, completing and finishing the plans and purpose He has for you.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Malachi 3:16 – For I am the Lord, I change not.
Hebrew 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with open face beholding as a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.