Nobody likes discomfort, pain, or stretch. But everyone loves comfort. If nothing changes and stays the same, every outcome is predictable, and under your control, that would be a perfectly comfortable life. As you know, that’s not realistic. You will wish the same in your ministry as well. But do you know how dangerous comfort is for your ministry?
Conflict in your heart and spirit begins when God does something unpredictable in your ministry life. You want to stay at the same place, you want to work with those you are comfortable with, and you want to keep doing what you know how to. But God often surprises you with a new direction in your ministry that you need to adjust your mind. When that happens, guess what?
You feel uncomfortable.
When you think about human life, who needs lots of comforts is children. They grow healthy, physically, and emotionally in comfort. But can you imagine if they get the same level of comfort as adults and what their lives look like? You’ll find emotionally ungrown, selfish, and unskilled humans. To grow properly, you need to be out of your comfort zone. And God knows why and how.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 NIV
Growing is God’s will for your life. He doesn’t want you to stay stuck at the one level and being comfortable. He knows that isn’t good for you. But He won’t expect you to be all alone in the process. That’s why He provides His grace when it’s time for you to grow out of comfort.
Are you ready to be challenged?
If you are and pray to the Father, He will honor your prayer. That means He has His sleeves up to work in your ministry life and takes you to the next level. He needs your cooperation because it’s a partnership. He helps you when you do your part and have faith in it.
So what are the dangers of comfort?
1. You won’t grow spiritually or emotionally
If you seek the only comfort, you’ll never experience the growth spiritually or emotionally. You’ll stay a baby Christian and can’t carry the weight of ministry.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. – 1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
2. You will miss out on your calling
Your life journey is to find out your purpose and calling that God created you to be. Most of the time, the first assignment He gave you is the beginning of the bigger picture and a training ground for what to come in the future. But if you choose to stay there and be comfortable, you will miss out on your ultimate purpose. And God will let you stay there, too.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble – 2 Peter 1:10 NIV
3. You won’t experience God’s divine power
God doesn’t call you into ministry because you are cute and perfect in every way. He knows how imperfect and weak you are, yet He chose you to do His will. You will experience His divine power when you decide to be challenged and grow.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
So don’t stay comfortable! Be challenged by the Holy Spirit and experience everything that God has for your life.
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