When I stepped on the treadmill at the hotel where we were staying, I had every intention of selecting the workout I was used to doing at home. But this treadmill was slightly different than ours, and before I knew it, my pace had quickened to a jog.
Something unusual happened – my feet were fine and it actually felt good to run! I learned something: attempting things outside my comfort zone can be rewarding.
The same is true in my spiritual life. If you’re like me, it’s easy to fall into the trap of limiting God. No, it’s not intentional; but I find myself doing it all the time.
I follow the same routine day after day: prayer time, Bible study, encouraging a friend or two via email or text. But I shy away from the more challenging things like: actively mentoring younger women, speaking the truth in love, and sharing Christ with the lost.
My thought process goes something like this –
God, I know You’ve given me the ability to encourage others, but I couldn’t possibly share Your Word with THAT neighbor. She’s always so busy, and I don’t think she’ll listen…
I limit God. It’s not about my abilities; it’s about trusting God to fill me with the power to be used by Him (click to tweet). When I know I’m not capable to do what He’s asked, I’m in the best possible position. He invites me to rely on Him instead of doing things in my own strength:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
When I’m willing to step outside my comfort zone, I’ll see God do amazing things (click to tweet).
A new perspective
Remember Peter? He was challenged to leave his place of comfort when the Lord gave him a vision to share the gospel with the gentiles. I can only imagine Peter’s shock. What?! Share what was meant for the Jews with THOSE people?
It’s rather humorous that the Lord had to show Peter the same thing three times before he got the hint! The gospel was for everyone. Peter may have been slow to understand, but once he did, he was willing to leave his preconceived ideas behind and trust the Lord to empower him as he spoke to Cornelius.
The outcome wasn’t Peter’s responsibility. He was only responsible to leave his comfort zone, and obey God. The result was a glorious glimpse of God’s amazing power: Cornelius and his family believed in Christ and were baptized (Acts 10).
Have you gotten comfortable in your spiritual routine? Whether you support missionaries or are serving Christ in a foreign country, it’s worth asking yourself this question: Am I limiting God? What step will you take to leave your comfort zone and obey God? Be prepared to be amazed by His greatness!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for shaking me out of my comfort zone. Forgive me for limiting You. You are great, and I want to serve You. Help me rely on Your strength to do the things You’re challenging me to do. I know the amazing results are in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
*Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker and is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. She lives in sunny Georgia with her husband and daughter, two dogs and two cats. Visit her on the web and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter!