Leaving Your Comfort Zone
There is a deeper life.
It is as deep as a personal Gethsemane and as costly as a personal Calvary.
Cross-bearing and Comfort Seeking Don’t Mix
The One who came to relieve the pain of others had very little experience of comfort Himself. He was a “man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” And we are called to follow “in His steps!”
Braving Your Wilderness
In her latest book, Braving The Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging And The Courage, To Stand Alone,’ Social scientist Brene Brown writes: “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.”
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (Matthew 4.1-11) we see the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus and immediately leading Him away. He was lead away from the heavenly voice of affirmation, away from family and friends and all that was comfortable.
The Holy Spirit led Jesus on a ‘visioning’ retreat to work out with God what kind of Messiah He would be. He braved the wilderness alone. For us to find true belonging, Jesus had to stand-alone.
For forty days He experienced true wilderness, real hunger, thirst, isolation, and temptation. He was tempted to use His powers to relieve His own pain, to impress people with the spectacular, and to take the easier path toward receiving ‘all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.’ He endured all this discomfort only so that at the end of His earthly ministry things could get infinitely worse. He suffered rejection, betrayal, abandonment, denial, false accusations, mockery, a flogging, and hanging naked and alone on a cross!
Discipleship Happening Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
According to Jesus, discipleship happens outside of your comfort zone, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24).
This week we commence a new series and a new season in the life of our church: “Leaving Your Comfort Zone.” More than a title, it’s an accurate description of the next part of our journey together. Whether you came to ‘Uniting North, Coomera’ from ‘Newlife’ from ‘Living Rivers’ or some place else, you must be prepared to leave your comfort zone.
From the first Sunday in February 2018, to the first Sunday in April 2018 (which will be Resurrection Sunday), we will follow Jesus last days through Matthew’s Gospel from ‘Gethsemane to Calvary.’
Get ready to venture out!
Grace and Peace,