We all like routine we all like to go about our days and not be challenged especially when our days are too busy. What rocks our world is things that happen that are not normal and people who just don't do what think they should do. They make ripples in our safe little world. God warns us that our comfort leads to complacency. We stop seeing the needs of others, we text on our phones or watch TV instead of talking to the people around us.
Part 3: Fear keeps us in the comfortable.
We do not really want to step out of our comfortable little world to deal with anyone but ourselves and our needs. Being a Christian means that we consider the needs of others. We can look for ways to help and serve as we go. We cannot do that if we are afraid of the amount time, the amount of commitment and resources it will take on our part. We also need to learn to be stretched beyond what we think we can handle.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Take for instance the story of Jabez. It is a short little story stuck in the middle of a bunch of Genealogy. Wanna learn how to apply the story of Jabez. Check out the popular book, The Prayer of Jabez Bible Study: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life.
1 Chronicles 4:9: Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, "Because I bore him with pain."Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.
Jabez is not the only one who asked for more from God or who wanted to do more for God. Take Elisha for example.
2 Kings 2:9: When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
"What can I do?" is not the question we should be asking. Instead ask, "what can I do with God's help?" Start small, most ministry's do. If something doesn't work try a new approach to accomplish the goal.
How have you been stretched by God lately?