Going Out On a Limb
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks. -Phillip Brooks
Getting out of our comfort zone was a recent Sunday morning lesson. It made me squirm a bit and I expect others as well. I admit, in my mind I started justifying why I don’t need to get out of my comfort zone by remembering Romans 12:4-8 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
As I thought more about it I admitted to myself I was taking Romans 12:4-8 out of context. I thought about how I got out of my comfort zone when I learned to ride a bike, drive a car, learned to cook, got a job. The list is endless; on many occasions we have all had to get out of our comfort zones for one reason or another. (Ugh! There went my backup plan).
There will be occasions when we will be called to step up and step out. Time to walk in another’s shoes and lend a hand. It might make us nervous, sweaty and shaky. In the middle of that nervous, sweaty and shaky situation, you might be surprised to find what a blessing you were to others.
Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. -Andrew Murray
This post came about from observing our leaders trying to find a few willing bodies to fill in while most of the church family is away as family camp.