Are You Willing to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone?
What’s your Comfort zone? You know, that place where you feel just right?
A couple of year ago I took a nine day vacation with my family—my whole family. This was the first time that the in-laws and “out-laws” all traveled together. That’s right…my parents, my hubby’s parents, and the four of us under one roof for over a week! Maybe you are already thinking that that would be outside your comfort zone! In the end, it was a sweet time as family learning each day more about each other. We spent 24/7 together and I can honestly say I still love all of them.
My memory is filled with so many highlights of our vacation together.
The most humorous part was the grandmas. “Nana” and “Grammie” were in constant battle. They had very different comfort zones. One grandma would close the slider door and turn on the air conditioner. Then a few minutes later, the other grandma would shiver and open up the slider door entirely to let the hot air in. In the morning, Nana would be wrapped up on the couch with a blanket and Grammie would be fanning herself with a book.
We all laughed one night when both grandpas informed us that over the years their wives’ comfort zones had decreased to “like three degrees.” Three degrees one way and they were too cool; and three degrees the other way and they were too hot. We all howled with laughter over this and just giggled for the remainder of our time whenever we saw the grandmas dancing back and forth next to the thermostat.
I can’t help but think of my comfort zone when I read God’s Word.
So often He calls me into the uncomfortable to refine me, build me, shape me, and make me more like Him. I think this is true for my comfort zone with other believers too. I see my limited comfort zone in the body of Christ. Sometimes, when I am in a group of believers I feel uneasy—like they are just three degrees away from my ideal. Maybe they are too spiritual or too lawful, too much grace or too much truth, too much Spirit talk or too many rules.
I realized recently that I too had a limited comfort zone and if I am pulled out of it it feels risky.
When I look at the life of Jesus it’s clear: He came to challenge our comfort zones. Even in his time, he challenged two extreme groups to come together, out of their comfort zones and be united. Before Christ’s coming, Gentiles and Jews kept apart from one another. Yet, His Word and His Way, aimed to break down the walls of prejudice and push these two groups out of their comfort zones towards reconciliation and unity as one body.
Jesus is called the Cornerstone: He destroyed the barriers people build between themselves. His goal is for believers to have true unity with others that are not like us.
Ephesians 2:14 reminds me that we can find peace outside of our comfort zone in Him:
“For He himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14
We are all part of God’s family—differences and all.
Just like my family, who are each inherently different, with different individual comfort zones, Jesus calls all believers His Family.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:19-20)
If I believe God’s Word is truth, and if I believe the life of Jesus is a living example of the call upon my life, what does this indicate about my comfort zone? I think I need to step out of my comfort zone and rest in Jesus to usher in peace when I find myself three degrees outside my ideal. It’s likely that in this tension, outside my spot that feels just right, the Cornerstone will show up to join together what seemed impossibly different.
What if as believers we stepped out of our comfort zones and instead relied on the Comforter, the Cornerstone, to knit us together, differences and all, as His Family?
Please join the conversation and share what you think!