HOW COMFORTABLE IS THAT ZONE?
“You never mentioned Him to me. You helped me not the light to see.
You met me day by day and knew I was astray,
yet never mentioned Him to me.” -James Rowe (1929)
One of the reasons it is good to continue singing the “old songs” along with newer ones is that they can still powerfully encourage and admonish us in our lives. The above refrain from an old song was obviously written to be a stinging rebuke to Christians who fail to share the good news of the salvation available through God’s grace supplied by the blood of Jesus.
Last week in the adult Bible class, Keith Lyons challenged all of us to move outside our comfort zones to make a difference in this world. One person can make a difference. God knows it. The Bible is filled with excellent examples of those who did make a difference in their time and they are still making a difference today. The question for each of us is: Am I making a difference?
Paul calls on Christians to be his fellow-workers in God’s service (1 Cor. 3:9). Are we doing our part, or are we waiting for a convenient (comfortable) time? We voice our commitment to God, but do we fail to ever get around to doing it? When I was young, I often acknowledged my father’s command to do some task but kept putting it off waiting for a time more suitable to me. That was not acceptable to my earthly father, nor is such inaction is acceptable to our heavenly Father.
Do I ever talk about my faith with those outside of Christ? How comfortable do I feel doing that?
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, nor to defend His cause,
maintain the honor of His Word, the glory of His Cross. -Isaac Watts (1707)
At first, very few important things in life are easy, much less comfortable. But over time and through ongoing effort they become easier and we become more comfortable in doing them. Waiting for a “convenient time” ensures failure. Just look at Governor Felix’s missed opportunity when Paul reasoned with him concerning righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment (Acts 24:24-27).
We may claim not to be ashamed or not to know the Lord, but our action (or inaction) sometimes belies our words. Jesus issued a clear, strong admonition about such when He said, “So everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). Silence is a form of denial. Get up, get out of your comfort zone. Tell others about Jesus. Tell them what He has done for you, what He means to you, how He has helped you. And that He can do that for them as well.
Glory be to Him forever! Endless praises to Christ the Lamb! He has filled my life with sunshine, He has made me what I am. O that everyone would know Him, O that all would adore! O that all would trust the love of the mighty Friend above and be His forever more. -Francis Foster (1915)