In the Old Testament book of Kings we read about the prophet Elisha telling Naaman, captain of the Syrian host, to dunk himself seven times in the Jordan River to be healed of leprosy. “But Naaman was wroth and went away,” proclaiming that the rivers of Damascus are better than those of Israel. II Kings 5:10-12
Often in our Christian walk we are unable to get out of our “comfort zone” to do the things that God would have us do. We have great excuses, from “I am too busy, or I need to spend more time with my family, or I’m already doing a lot for the church.” Sometimes we can even quote Scripture to justify our actions—or inactions, and we claim that “I am not gifted in that area so I don’t do it.”
At FIA we believe that operating “out of our comfort zone” is where God shows up to do what we can’t do. That He will give us the means to do what He wants done. That through His Holy Spirit, “we can do greater things than these.” It starts with faith, and obedience.
Randy, Kathy and William Brown of Crossroads Church served Latasha, single mom of a household of eight recently and learned in a two hour visit filled with prayer that there is much spiritual warfare going on in her home. The Browns stepped out of their comfort zone by taking the family to church and lunch the following Sunday. Kathy tells us that “God has put it on my heart to help this family so I will be keeping in touch with them . . .He is working on the mother’s heart and she went down to the front and prayed. She said she loved Pastor Greg and couldn’t believe that he was the Pastor because he wasn’t wearing a suit. I’m so thankful to FIA for enabling us to meet people like this so we can help them meet Jesus.”
Kathy works in a school lunchroom, and Randy works in a factory building air conditioners. They are filled with joy at the opportunity to serve Christ by serving others. If they can get out of their comfort zone, why cant we?