Today’s Verse/Thought: Being Like Christ, 3-Leaving The Comfort Zone
The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock. So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said, Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon. The land the LORD subdued before the people of Israel are suitable for livestock, and your servants have livestock. If we have found favor in your eyes, they said, let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan. Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the LORD has given them? Numbers 32:1-7
It is so tempting to get comfortable where we are and not want to step out. Especially when the consequences are uncertain. If we do not step out of our comfort zone two things will never occur: 1) Some of what God may want us to accomplish will not get done, and 2) We will not be stretched. God uses the challenges in life to grow us. If we sit still-we will not grow.
Determine not to let any lack of confidence in your own ability keep you from stepping out. Just like the example of Jesus feeding the five thousand using just a little boy with a few loaves and fish-He wants to do the same through us. That little boy knew he did not have enough. Neither do we. The miracle happens when we step out anyway. Jesus says I am looking for your obedience-not your ability. Remember-He is able.
Are there areas where you have been afraid to step out of your comfort zone? Take them to God in prayer and ask Him to show you what to do. Avoid the trap of thinking that says-who am I? What can one person do? Remember that if you want to grow you will have to be stretched. Making mistakes is part of the process.
Oswald Chambers says Never let the sense of past failure corrupt your new action.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Being Like Christ, 4-The End In View