Monday, August 13, 2012

We Gotta Leave The Zone...The Comfort Zone!

"We Gotta Leave The Zone...The Comfort Zone!"
By Zach Wood
Matthew 28:16-20

We would all agree that we desire to minister to the lost.  We want to have an affect on people’s lives in a positive way and share with them the love of Christ.  None of us would say we don’t have a desire to do that.  But the way we live our lives in these comfort zones, I can’t help but think the world sees that and wonders why we say one thing and do another. 

We have great thoughts, ideas and intentions of saving the lost.  But when it comes down to the nitty gritty, we have the hardest time actually getting out to minister to the lost because it takes us out of our comfort zones.  We must leave our comfort zones if we are to be a part of changing lives for Christ.

This is one of the most powerful passages of Scripture we see in the New Testament.  After Jesus’ resurrection, He tells His disciples they have a responsibility and a mission.  Jesus is not leaving them with an easy task.  They are called to win the lost.  We are called to win the lost!

I am often scared to get out of my comfort zone.  I want God to do amazing things through me and to me, but I am often so not willing to go the distance for Him to do so.  

Most of us probably enjoy going to some kind of sporting event or some type of show where we are entertained.  We enjoy being spectators, do we not?  We enjoy watching a game or watching an entertaining show.  It’s fun to just sit back and relax to watch a show.  With a game, it’s fun to root on your team and give support.  Now, what if someone from the game or from the show came out and grabbed you from your seat and said, “Let’s go, you’re on!”.  Whoa!  Would we be a little scared?  Of course.  Being pulled from the safety of being the spectator to actually being involved in the action!  Completely different scenario! 

Even though that may bring a laugh to some of us, it really portrays the truth with how we live our lives.  We tend to want to be spectators and not be involved in the action of what Christ calls us to do in the world around us.  We see things happen and pass us by and we just move on with life.  Somehow, I think we expect others to take care of the dirty business because either we are busy or we just don’t have the desire to step out of the comfort zone.

If we are going to win the lost, we gotta leave our comfort zones.  

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