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God’s Calling and Your Comfort Zone

Mark Stuenzi
August 30, 2020

If you are a follower of Jesus, there will be points along your journey when you will sense God calling you to something that will make an eternal impact on another person or perhaps many people. Usually, that calling won’t be as big and dramatic, like the one Esther experienced. But those opportunities will still come. And with every opportunity there comes a price tag.

Whenever you come face-to-face with a calling to do something significant with your time, your life, or your money you will also come face-to-face with the cost of that opportunity. That cost may be something tangible like a comfortable lifestyle. Or it may require you to stretch beyond your comfort zone to do something you’ve never done before. If you let it, the thought of paying that cost will create fear in your heart. But you can’t fulfill God’s calling from your comfort zone.

Have you ever wondered why God has allowed you to be where you, and have what you have? Maybe God has something bigger in mind for you than just pursuing the American Dream. Maybe God has given you a successful business so you can accomplish something bigger than just creating a comfortable lifestyle for yourself. Maybe God has given you a position of influence in this community for something more than just being admired.  Just maybe God gave you the talent and the ability that you have, for something more than just bringing glory to yourself.

You have been given resources, gifts, abilities, position, and even influence for a reason—to respond to God’s calling. You can choose to step up, or you can shrink back. If you are willing to step up, God will do amazing things through you. Just like Esther, God put you here, and gave you what he did, for such a time as this. Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and into God’s calling?

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the unique abilities, experiences, and blessings God has given you?
  2. How can more success make us more afraid of losing what we have?
  3. What are some of the unique spiritual opportunities around us during the pandemic?

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