I recently listened to a sermon by Louie Giglio about comfort and complacency. He gave a very poignant analogy about how a mother bird devotes all of her time to caring for her chicks and when she knows that they are ready, she pushes them out of the nest so that they can learn to fly.
God does the same with believers. He does not want His children to stay comfortable at the cost of greater things. Comfort and complacency are not in God’s plan for His people. He cares greatly for us and wants us to grow. Take the life of Abraham for example:
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
God called Abraham to step out of a comfortable life with his family and leave his homeland to follow Him. He did not even tell Abraham where they were going. But the important part is that Abraham went, and in return, God promised Abraham greater blessings and wealth as well as Himself as an ally.
As Abraham’s decedents through Christ, we can expect to be favored with the same promises. We do not have to hesitate to take a risk or to make a bold choice to follow God. He has promised to bless and protect, and He will make us blessings to others when we act upon our faith in Him.
Affirmation for today: By faith, I can leave my comfort zone for God’s greater blessings. (Gen. 12:1-3, Driving Reflections—Worry Free Living)
Free iTunes download of “Comfort Must Fall” by Louie Giglio.