With all the talk of “Getting out of your comfort zone” I have found most of us only go when forced. It’s not something you just decide to do because someone tells you “You need to get out of your comfort zone.” It is something that usually only happens when the comfort zone becomes uncomfortable.
When Moses told the Pharaoh to let the people go he didn’t want to and it was only after severe plagues and the death of the firstborn sons that the Pharaoh ran them out. The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, “We will all be dead.” So you see Israel only went out of Egypt when the Egyptians became afraid to keep them there.
Jumping ahead to the New Testament we see another instance when the church got out of their comfort zone. At first the early church seemed to be having a great time. “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common…” It wasn’t very long though and persecution broke out.
Just after Stephen was martyred a great persecution broke out against the church. Everyone was scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. “Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” Did you catch that? The word spread because the church was scattered. Even though the Lord had added people to the church and their numbers grew, when they had all things in common, it was the persecution that moved them from their comfort zone and spread the gospel far and wide.
As a former addict I have first hand knowledge of how we can get comfortable even in uncomfortable situations. Addicts grow used to their addiction so much the thought of sobriety is terrifying. Having to deal with the raw realities of life sober is just too much. This is why I called this “Comfort junkies” because we all seem to find our place of comfort and usually have to have something to move us out. The pain of our present situation has to exceed the fear of change.
So you see if Israel wasn’t driven out of Egypt they may have just stayed. Don’t you remember how they longed for Egypt throughout their travels in the wilderness? They had become so used to the bondage they were in that the thought of a life of freedom was too much for them.
As far as the early church they were having a great time and who wouldn’t want that to continue right? They all loved each other, eating and studying together; sounds like a little slice of Heaven on earth doesn’t it? Aren’t you thankful God knows what we need when we need it and has determined to get us there?
Thank you Lord for not letting us stay when you want us to go. I pray that we all learn to let you make those decisions and that we would become willing to be made willing when it’s time to move.
Written by Louie