Above and Beyond Our Comfort Zone
Several years ago, during the annual Texas Conference ministerial spouses’ retreat, a Sabbath afternoon outreach activity was planned for downtown San Antonio. Quick instructions and handouts were distributed on the bus ride to the Alamo area. Within a few minutes, the ladies joined hundreds and hundreds of people roaming the city in the crisp mid-February air.
The people hustling to their destinations seemed oblivious to anything or anyone around them, but God was already at work! Feeling a bit out of their comfort zones, the ladies were challenged to find that first person with whom to share the handout. I was amazed as I watched the women in groups of two or three approach individuals. Sometimes they were quickly dismissed by uninterested parties. Other individuals would stop, listen and nod their head. Some even bowed their head as a prayer was lifted up to the Father above on their behalf. There were a couple of times I saw tears in the eyes of the recipients.
The discomfort and uncertainty quickly disappeared as our pastors’ wives became increasingly bold for the Lord and His kingdom. Conversations began to last longer. Names were exchanged and, in a few cases, contact information shared as souls connected with these ambassadors of Heaven.
Many times, I have reflected on that afternoon. The Great Commission clearly commands: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” Matthew 28:19 NKJV. For much of my life, I thought the dynamic of that heavenly command had everything to do with finding interested parties, indoctrinating them and getting them to in turn share their faith with others. But, the twin dynamic of the Great Commission is the benefit for the believer.
As we go; as we share; as we abandon our comfort zone, we are strengthened and empowered to do bigger and better things for the Lord and His kingdom. Sure, it is about finding lost souls for the heavenly city, but it is also about strengthening God’s people, confirming our mission, and developing the boldness that is so needed in our homes, our churches and our communities.
The words of the apostle Paul should ring vigorously in our ears, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed,” Romans 13:11 NKJV. Things are happening in our world. Trumpets are sounding! Jesus, the conquering King of kings, is just about ready to remove His priestly garments and return for His people. Are we ready? Have we been preparing? Are we stepping out of our cherished comfort zones and moving in tandem to seek those who languish in darkness? I pray for that revival and for us to move in that direction very soon.