Any time you are getting ready to go to a new level in your life, it will demand leaving a place of comfort.
God never wants us to plateau or get too comfortable for too long. He’s constantly stretching us to do new things, to launch out, to dream bigger. You can’t stay in the safe zone all your life and expect to live your dreams or fulfill God’s call on your life.
In Joshua chapter three, the Children of Israel were facing a point of transition as they were about to cross the Jordan. God had to instruct them on how to follow Him. “Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”
I believe God is saying that to you today. “New things are on the horizon for you—new places, provision, and dreams you’ve never experienced before!” But you have to step out in faith as you follow Him.
Just when we think, “Yes, I’ve got a system in place. I can rest here.” He says, “It’s time for something new.” These new things are usually something big, expensive, costly, uncomfortable, challenging and downright scary.
So many times, we make our goal in life to be comfortable and convenient. But living that way only results in an unsuccessful life filled with regrets. I like what I heard Brian Tracy say, “Move out of your comfort zone! You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”
Sometimes the things God has brought into your life to bless you were only meant for a season. Those blessings can turn into a curse if you never let go or stay there too long. It’s time to move out of the comfort zone. Imagine what your life will be like 5-10 years from now if you stay exactly where you are. Will you be satisfied? Will you be fulfilling all God has for you?
Throughout the Bible, we see people leaving great things in order to have greater things.
“Jesus replied, ‘Let me assure you that no one has ever given up anything—home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or property—for love of me and to tell others the Good News, who won’t be given back, a hundred times over, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land with persecutions” (Mark 10:29).
You do have to give up in order to go up, but God promises to give you back more than what you’re willing to give up!
Every time I’ve sucked it up, and made myself launch out of my comfort zone, the results far exceeded my expectations. You will never regret obeying God.
Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.
Change can be scary, and transition brings an element of the unknown. Know that behind it all God is preparing to launch you into a promotion.
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