2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so in all things and at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (NIV)
I’m sitting in church , listening to the message and I hear our pastor say we shouldn’t get too comfortable.
That, of course is not the first time I’ve heard that said from the “pulpit”. But today the word comfortable sounded LOUDER to me than all the other words in the message. God speaks to us that way sometimes (one word will stick out more than all the others). The concept of being comfortable has been a recent struggle for me. I like being comfortable. Who doesn’t?
|My Comfy Couch|
I’m a homebody. Comfortable to me looks safe. It looks like…. sitting on my cozy couch, gazing out the window at the amazing view. All my stuff is close by… television, food, bathroom, phone, computer, iPad. I like being at home, being comfortable. It’s secure . I feel protected there. My stuff is all there- all in order (well kind of, as long as you don’t open a closet). What makes home feel most comfortable is the feeling of being in control of my surroundings
But lately, God has been calling me off the couch, away from comfortable. He has been calling me out to try a few things, seize new opportunities that feel, well, downright scary. He has been calling me to give a shot to some gifts and talents He has given me. Some are new but there are some old talents that I have allowed to grow dormant. I’ve allowed these gifts to sit on the shelf to go stale. It’s more comfortable (easy) sitting on the couch than it is to get up and pull my gifts off the shelf and put them to good use.
Being comfortable and doing nothing with what God has given me is a sin. A sin of omission. Ouch! That hurts because, well yeah, I’m guilty. It’s just easier or should I say safer, to do nothing isn’t it? No risk, no danger….danger of failure, looking foolish, or falling flat on my face. If I do nothing, I don’t risk anything nor do I gain anything either. I’m just back to being comfortable, dormant, stale, stagnant. If I’m stagnant long enough I’ll start to stink. We throw out that which stinkith don’t we?
So what’s keeping me comfortable, fear? Ah ha, the root of the problem. I was reading just the other day that we are born with only two kinds of fears. The fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. All other fears are learned. ( I must be pretty smart because I’ve learned a lot of them). Some fears are good for us because they protect us. For instance, fear of touching a hot stove, or breathing under water. However most fears are learned and irrational. Like my fear of bridges ( I’m going to conquer that one this year. A new years resolution).
In order to use what God has given me I must face some of my fears. I have a fear of all the new, ever increasing technology that I don’t understand but need to know to reach out to more people. The fact that I am even writing a blog means I am getting off my “couch” some and launching head on into the unknown. But I can’t stop there.
Remember the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 (talents meaning money here). Jesus told the story of a man going on a journey and entrusting his three servants with his property. To one he gave 5 talents of money, 2 talents to another servant and 1 talent to the last. It was their choice as to what they did with it. The first two servants doubled their talents while the third servant was a scaredy cat. Call him lazy maybe, comfortable not to do anything, definitely, but at any rate he buried his talent and made nothing from it. He chose to do nothing with what had been entrusted to him.
When the man came home from his journey he rewarded the two servants who had doubled their talents. To them he gave more. The third servant, (Mr. too comfortable to do anything) he rebuked and took from him the one talent that had been given. Mark 4:24-25 says…”With the measure you use, it will be measured to you-and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have even what he has will be taken away from him.”(NIV)
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. (NIV)
If I were to depend on my own wisdom I might be temped to do nothing, to be stagnant. My own understanding will sometimes (a lot of times) lead me down the wrong path. But Proverbs 3:5 says not to lean to my understanding but to trust God with all my heart and He will make my paths straight.
If He has given me these gifts and talents shouldn’t I trust Him to show me how to use them for His glory? However, God won’t make me do anything. It’s my choice.
It’s your choice!
Are you hiding anything?….What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you?
What does your comfortable look like? Does it look like mine, a safe, comfy couch? Perhaps your comfortable is being too busy, or over working. Maybe you hide behind your family schedule or hobby. There will always be excuses. I’ve told you some of mine.
Let’s not waste what The Lord has given.
My challenge to you this year is to get off the couch (or out of the comfort zone) try something new…expand your horizons. Instead of sitting and soaking get rocking and rolling! Instead of being a stagnant pond be a raging rapid, (sounds exciting just writing it!)
Make the choice this year to take a step out and make the UNCOMFORTABLE your new…COMFORTABLE!