God Calling You Out of Your Comfort Zone
"Yes" I said. "Yeah, I can do that for you."
It was almost an involuntary response. It was like something, or rather Someone was encouraging me to take a leap of faith, try something new and (gulp) get out of my comfort zone. By saying yes to this new opportunity in front of me, I was confronted with a myriad of emotions: apprehension, joy, peace and discomfort. Right then and there I internally felt like God had asked me to expand my horizons, trust in Him and walk in faith as I stepped outside my comfort zone for a little while.
God will call each and every one of us out of our comfort zones at one point or another. In order to grow in our walk with Him we need to be stretched from time to time. It can be hard, a little nerve wracking and sometimes a little painful, but God is working something even greater in us and for us. Rest assured though, He will get you through whatever it is He has called you to do.
Some of the greatest biblical men and women of old were also called way outside of their comfort zones. Abraham was called to leave his country, family, everything familiar and to go to a place he did not even know about; yet God blessed him greatly. Abraham became the father of many nations because he was faithful to God's call and stepped outside his comfort zone. See Genesis 12
Gideon was a man who was called outside of his comfort zone as well. God called Gideon to fight for Israel and deliver them from the hands of the Midianites. (Midian was a country that was greatly oppressing Israel at that time in history and were enemies to God's chosen ones.) Like you and me, Gideon had his doubts, questioned God and put a fleece before Him to test whether or not God really called him to do something so great! Eventually though, with the help of Deborah, Gideon responded to the call of God, stepped outside his comfort zone and saved Israel. See Judges 6
Even King David was called to step outside his comfort zone. Before David was King of Israel, King Saul wanted David dead. Saul was jealous of David and sought his life for years out in the wilderness. David was on the run for a very long time but he trusted God throughout it all. He held fast to the promise that he would become King of Israel and knew that God was faithful. Despite the many discomforts, hardships and persecutions, David was victorious because God always comes through.
These are only a few examples of people God called to step outside their comfort zones. Hebrew 11 lists many more of the men and women who had great faith to respond to the Lord's call.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is biblical. God doesn't just want you to survive, He wants you to thrive. Thriving means enduring some uncomfortable situations and leaning totally upon God for your well being and victory.
Take A Leap of Faith
As I stepped outside of my comfort zone a couple of weeks ago, I grew in ways I never would have imagined. Sure, I was stretched and almost quit at one point, but I am grateful that I didn't. It was a great experience to not only pitch in and help other people out at my job but it also was a great learning experience. By God's grace I followed through with the thing that was asked of me and leaned totally upon God each step of the way. Not only did He help me do something that was a bit outside my comfort zone but He taught me a lot and for that I am extremely grateful.
Is the Lord calling you outside of your comfort zone? Is He asking you to do something that is hard? Listen to Him. He will bring you through, and more often than not He has something He wants to show you along the way. You won't ever be disappointed for taking a leap of faith and getting outside your comfort zone when God is the One Who calls you to do it.
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