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September 17, 2013

Stepping out of your Comfort Zone

When it comes to planting seed, we need to consider the soil. In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. The soil represents different types of lives. The first one is what I describe as the calloused life. In Matthew 13:19 it says, “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.” You see, this is the picture of someone who is not interested in spiritual things at all. They’re just living for themselves. They’re planting selfish seeds and the impact of their life will be like a footprint on the beach – here today and gone tomorrow.

Another type of soil is what I call the comfortable life. This is the picture of someone who committed their life to Christ, but they’re not growing. When problems come their way, they give up. Jesus talked about this in verse 20. It says, “The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the Word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, he quickly falls away.” This is the person who thinks that when they become a Christian, their life is going to be comfortable and that everything is going to be perfect. Folks, the Christian life is not about our comfort, but about our holiness. God says, “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Lev. 19:2. Holiness doesn’t allow us to stay in our comfort zone. God grows our character when we step out in faith, and stretch, and feel uncomfortable. It is in our discomfort that we are forced to acknowledge our weaknesses and rely on Christ