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"Leaving Your Comfort Zone"

December 13, 2004

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“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20

I enjoy ice fishing. Living on the northern prairies of Saskatchewan, I am blessed with four or five months each year when the ice is safe and I can pursue my passion. Although I dress as warmly as possible, it can still be uncomfortably cold, especially if the wind begins blowing.

I know I could be pursuing other interests where I could feel more comfortable, and if I added up all the costs, I know I could buy fish more cheaply. Yet I enjoy the peace and solitude a day away from the office brings even though I may not always be comfortable.

In a reversed way, several of Jesus’ disciples were asked to leave their “comfort zone” as professional fishermen to follow Jesus, and then after His death and resurrection received the commission to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

They could go boldly because they knew Christ would always be with them, even to the end of the ages. As we move closer to the celebration of the birth of His Son, God asks us to leave the “comfort zone” we enjoy with fellow believers to reach others with the Good News of salvation through Jesus.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage to leave my comfort zone to reach out to someone in need of Your love. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: I will seek an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with someone who does not yet know Him.
Rev. Bryan Rosnau

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 74-76    Revelation 5

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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