I wrote a blog called small purpose, great rewards some time ago. While I was writing it, I though about those persons who feel called to a larger purpose, but have difficulty accepting the mantle.
I thought about those who like to remain behind the scenes, but are called to make a scene. Those who prefer to hide their light, but are called to display their light on a lamp stand.
Many persons who fit this bill would instinctively prefer to work in areas that allows them to stay inside their comfort zones. One that does not stretch them too far from where they feel safe.
Many are uneasy with the idea of purpose that is outside of their nature.To them this can be overwhelming.
What makes doing work for God great, however, is when we use our abilities for his purposes, he strengthens us. We are not expected to function only in our strength but to rely on God as the giver of whatever is needed to fulfill his purposes. It is God who empowers us, not us doing it independently.
There are many examples in the bible of persons who thought that they were incapable of doing God’s work and God having to remind them that it is he that empowers, not man.
One of my favorite passage to this effect is when, “Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4: 10-12. God assures Moses that he would be there to help him even though Moses struggled to accept this.
What I like about our state of unfitness is that it allows the Holy Spirit to work in us where we are incapable, and therefore God gets the glory.
Sometimes we have to grow into the positions that God has called us to.
No growth will take place within us if we avoid things that we are uncomfortable with. Though stepping outside our comfort zone might seem daunting, it is well worth it because it will provide you with a sense of accomplishment.
Each time we step outside our comfort zone, it confirms within us that we are more capable than we realize. Daniel Coyle alludes to this by saying, “be willing to be uncomfortable. The key to successfully mastering a skill is our willingness to linger in that uncomfortable area and learn to tolerate the anxiety” (Daniel Coyle The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s how).
Rest assured that God has you in the palm of his hands. He is aware of your every move. He has a plan and a purpose for your life, so trust him and step out of the shadows into the light.
Talk-Back: What do you do if you feel that God wants you to do something that is outside your comfort zone