How comfortable are you?
I’m not asking whether you are sitting on a couch or a hard metal chair—I’m talking about your life. And more importantly:
how is your level of comfort affecting your relationship with God?
I grew up in a wonderful home with a wonderful family, and I would say I had a very comfortable childhood. When I got married, I expected it to be an easy transition and that I would calmly adjust to “being an adult.” I saw lots of my friends making the transition with seemingly no difficulty, and I expected that I could handle it well.
But let me tell you:
it was HARD.
Even though marriage is absolutely amazing, becoming an adult was uncomfortable! There were bills to pay, a house to take care of, and more responsibilities than I had ever had before. I was extremely humbled as I realized that I was not able to do it on my own. And in this time of learning and growing, the Lord made Himself more real to me than ever before.
I feel like I have grown more as a person over the last 8 months than I have in the past 10 years! It has been the most amazing, fulfilling, and difficult time of my life. And it was all because I was moved from my comfort zone into a new and challenging season of life. That got me thinking:
It’s the same with our spiritual lives.
Our “spiritual comfort zone” is where we feel comfortable and unchallenged in the Lord. But what did Jesus say to His disciples when He called them? “Follow me.” He asked them to leave behind their comfortable lives in exchange for a life that was completely beyond what they ever imagined. Imagine all they would have missed out on if they had said, “Nah, I’ll just stick with fishing.”
And what about when He fed the five thousand in John? Imagine being in a crowd of five thousand people in a desolate place with nothing to eat. If I were there, I might have said, “Forget this, I’m hungry and I’m going home where I have food and shelter.” But those who stayed witnessed one of the most amazing miracles Jesus performed, as He fed all five thousand people with just five loaves and two fish.
What is something you feel the Lord is calling you to?
Maybe it’s a ministry. Maybe it’s a mission. Or maybe it’s a dream He put in your heart that seems too big for you to fathom. Whatever it is, know this:
If the Lord gave you that calling, He will help you attain it!
The Lord’s love for us is not dependent on whether we are inside or outside our comfort zone. His love for us is completely unconditional. However, we have the option of whether we want to experience just a fraction of what He has to offer, or if we want to dive into the unfathomable depths of His love, and to feel His presence in a real and powerful way.
Don’t choose your comfort zone over the amazing things He has in store for you.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” | Luke 9:23