Today’s Scripture: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. MarkĀ 16:15

Often, we find ourselves following our own little routines. We go to a restaurant and order the same meal every time. We follow the same route to work. We talk to the same people. We tend to live our lives doing whatever is most convenient. We know what foods we like, what the fastest or easiest route is, and who we get along with, but whenever something happens that causes a deviation from the norm, we get frustrated.

However, we need to learn that in order to serve God most effectively, we need to get out of our comfort zone. When we live in our comfort zone and in our own strength, the results will be limited to our own meager abilities. Yet, when we leave our comfort zone and allow God to work through us, we will see much greater results.

When we yield ourselves to God and allow Him to work, we will see that the results are based on his ability and strength. The apostles lived and ministered in Israel. Most of them were from the Galilee region, and during Christ’s ministry, they travelled back and forth throughout Israel. Yet when Christ ascended, He commanded them to go into all the world and preach the gospel. They had to leave the area that they were familiar with and travel throughout the world to share the good news of God’s grace.

Often, we don’t want to step out in faith because we are comfortable where we’re at, but our comfort is not God’s main objective. His first objective is for “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” Secondly, He wants us to become more Christ-like. He allows trials because they can help us grow even though they are uncomfortable. He does care for our comfort, but that is not His primary focus.

You may not have the greatest ability, but God can use you. Think of the neighbor who keeps to himself or the person you pass on the street with whom you wouldn’t normally talk. Share God’s love with them, it could have a huge impact on their lives. Take a step out of your comfort zone and see God work.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.