The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1 (NIV)
You like to stay in your comfort zone. You don’t like to feel the discomfort of a difficult challenge. You would like to stay right where you are, right now. What you have now is familiar. What you have now is easy. You are feeling no pain, but making no gains. What do you mean by that? Have I said anything that has shocked you? Have I said anything that is untrue? No, I’m sure that you have said what is true. But, your last statement is the one that got my attention. You said that I was feeling no pain and making no gains. Yes, that is what I said. I would like you to say more about that. Making no gains is the troubling part of my statement, isn’t it? Yes, it is. You don’t want to live a life that is making no gains, do you? No, I want to live an abundant and fruitful life for you. Yes, I knew that my statement would get your full attention. I would be happy to say more on the subject. I will listen attentively to every one of your words.
You want your life to be blessed to be a blessing to others. You want me to use you in significant ways. You want to be able to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You want to do all the good works that I have prepared in advance for you to do. You don’t want any of your gifts and talents and resources and abilities to go unused. You want to boldly go where I guide you, to powerful do all that I ask of you. One day you most want to hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Have I said anything that is not true? Do you want all these things? Do you want to serve me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength? Yes Lord, I want all these things. There is not one word of yours that I would change. This is exactly the kind of life that I want to live as I follow and serve you. Are you sure? What do you mean by asking me that? If you want to go boldly where I guide you and powerfully do all that I ask of you, then you cannot stay in your comfort zone. You must be willing to leave the comfortable and familiar to go to the challenging and unknown. You must follow me to where I lead you and do all that I ask of you. I’m assuming that all of this will be well outside of my comfort zone. You got that right. Are you ready and willing to leave your comfort zone to boldly go and do all that I ask of you? Yes Lord, I am.
Lord, I like being comfortable and living in the familiar. I know I have resisted your call to leave the familiar to go to the unknown. Forgive me. Now, I rely on you, as I go to where you guide me to do all that you ask of me. Use my life as a blessing to others. Amen
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