Leaving Your Comfort Zone
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee…So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him. Genesis 12:1, 4
Imagine for a moment that you are Abram and you have been told to leave your country, friends and family and venture to an unknown land. You have to leave everything that you have ever known, appreciated or loved for a place of complete obscurity. Why would Abram obey God’s command?
For many, leaving an area of comfort is frightful; for others, the idea of exerting extra energy to leave their comfort zone is overwhelming. Few are willing to step out of their comfort zone to accept a challenge or tackle an obstacle that appears unconquerable. Many, if placed in Abram’s place, would not be willing to leave.
Abram was not a fool. He knew that he could live a life of leisure by staying home, but he also knew that he would never experience God’s blessing unless he was willing to depart from where he was most comfortable. This lesson is still applicable today. We all have limits as to what we feel most comfortable doing. The fear of failing and the idea of change often prevent people from ever trying. If we do not exercise faith, we will not experience God’s blessing. “But without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6). The nemesis of faith is fear, but II Timothy 1:7 reminds us that fear is not from God.
What are some things that you have thought of doing or felt God wanted you to do that you have put off? I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and have faith that God has equipped you for that which He has called you to do. Don’t let your fears, lack of motivation or faithlessness prevent you from doing a mighty work for God.