August 14, 2017

Hebrews 13:5b-6 NIV
“God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?””

Sometimes, it can be hard to be obedient to what God tells us to do. He doesn’t limit His requests to what fits inside our comfort zone. That is part of what makes it so hard. God will often ask us to do things that are just outside or even quite a distance outside our comfort zones. We worry about what other people will think or say if we step out in faith. But it doesn’t matter what you look like, or what anyone else thinks about you. What matters is that you heard the voice of God and you did what He said.
As hard as it can be, we need to stop being ruled by what others think and start being moved by faith in what Jesus can do through us. I used to go to church every week, scared to death to worship God fully because I was afraid of what other people would think. So, for a long time, I held back. I would worship deep down in my heart and not let anything show to anyone else. But eventually, I started to gradually let some of that passion that had been building up inside of me out for other people to see. Don’t get me wrong, it was terrifying. But all the things that I was afraid would happen, didn’t happen. All the things I thought people would say, weren’t said. I don’t know what people were thinking but it didn’t matter. I realized that when I let myself worship freely, the only thing I was concerned with was praising Jesus.
So what is holding you back? What are you afraid of? What is the worst thing that could happen if you show Jesus to other people? Honestly! So they might look at you funny, they might talk about you but never to you. Okay, that stinks. They killed Jesus. Is it worth it? When you consider the options, do you want to be comfortable? Or do you want to be changed? If you want to be comfortable, by all means, do that. But if you want God to change the world through you, you’d better bust down the walls of that cage we so often call our comfort zone. Following God isn’t always convenient or comfortable, but it is always worth it in the long run.

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