I have been focusing on my comfort zones this month.
You know those areas that make you totally comfortable? You know, that place that makes you so cozy that you don’t want to do anything but snuggle down a little deeper?
I am learning this month that God is asking me to do some things that make me completely uncomfortable.
I decided to focus on Comfort Zones this month on my blog and was shocked when my Plexus sponsor, Elizabeth, chose to make it the focus for our team for the month!
That was AMAZING!!
Then, recently in church, the message was about “Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone” and wasn’t that my blog title two weeks ago?!
Even more AMAZING!!
You know that God wants you to get out of your Comfort Zone, when God asks you to do something totally uncomfortable.
I am finding God is stretching me in about three areas of my life.
I want to share how God spoke to my heart that morning in church.
I hope this helps to direct your heart to the Lord so that you will be willing to step out of your comfort zone in whatever that means for you.
There are many ways that God might move us from our comfort zone.
- Sharing Christ with those you don’t know. It is easier to share with those you know.
- Making a change in how you are acting towards your husband.
- It can be in getting some daily exercise so that you can be a more effective wife, mommy, employee, or Christian.
- Maybe it is in something new God wants you to do (or stop doing.)
God’s plans are bigger than ours. Far greater.
In Acts 10, God is going to call Peter to get out of his comfort zone
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. ~Acts 10:1-4~
If China was ruling over America, you might feel more like they were our enemies. They probably would have conquered our country.
That is the way it was for the Jewish people. The centurion was Roman and they were not exactly on friendly terms with the Jewish people.
The centurion was the commander of over 100 men and able to give commands and have them followed. This man was devout and feared God along with his whole household. He gave his offerings to the Jewish people and prayed to God.
- Cornelius was a devout man
- He prayed to God all of the time (vs. 2)
- He was truly trying to seek God
- He believed in the God of Israel
- He was a God fearing man
- He feared God and so did his whole household
- He was evangelistic because he told his household about God
- He was a generous man because he gave offerings to the Jewish people
- He had a consistent prayer life
- He was a man who was responding to God
BUT he was a ‘natural enemy’ of God.
Then an angel came to him (vs. 3 and 4) and told him to go look up Peter.
Whenever I read this chapter, I always thought that Cornelius was Saved. What do you think?
Back to Peter
Cornelius is going to be looking up Peter and meanwhile, God has to prepare Peter to meet with him! Remember, they don’t see ‘eye to eye’ on many things.
Cornelius and Peter are in opposite camps.
God wants Peter to step out of his comfort zone. He is about to ask Peter to do something that will totally put Peter out of his zone!
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he fell into a trance. ~Acts 10:9-10~
I am not going to recount the whole story as you can read about it in Acts 10. Basically what is happening is that there is this sheet that is lowered in his trance or dream. On it were ALL kinds of animals and God was asking him to kill and eat them.
According to the old Levitical laws, the Jewish people were not allowed to eat any animals that were considered to be unclean. They were allowed to eat sheep, cattle and any other animal. There were certain animals like pigs, shrimp, lobsters that they were not allowed to eat.
God was telling Peter to eat the unclean animals!!
That totally put Peter out of his comfort zone. God saw the Gentiles as equal with the Jewish Christians but the Jewish Christians saw them as inferior.
In order to have an influence and testimony over their life, Peter needed to be willing to go into their homes (unheard of!!) and eat what they offered (eat what they ate) and be polite!!
Food isn’t a matter of salvation but the Jewish Christians, up until this point, thought that when a Gentile got saved they were to be converted to the Jewish culture.
This isn’t part of God’s plan.
For me, God is leading me to speak on ‘Scopes’ several times each week, and get involved with several activities in my community and church. My ‘Scopes’ are actually preparing me for some of the other things I have been asked to do.
There is another area which is so much like how God was stretching Peter.
It is totally not something that I feel comfortable with.
God is showing me something He wants me to be willing to do in order to reach another group of people.
I feel just like Peter did.
Not that Lord!!
What I love is that because Peter was willing to do as God asked, the Holy Spirit was able to move on the Gentiles.
What are you willing to do so that God can work through you in the lives of others?
Lord willing, I will be on Periscope, weekdays as time permits, sharing about my journey through Acts, and will also be sharing about “My Menu Planning Remake.”
I am Blogging Through The Bible with Good Morning Girls over at Women Living Well. If you click the graphic, you will learn all about how YOU can also “Read Through The Bible” one chapter a day, 5 days a week. Yes!! You can do it too!!
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