Has God ever asked you to do something that sounded completely crazy? I think many of us who have been following God for a while can attest to the fact that God doesn’t really care about our comfort zones. He doesn’t want us to get too comfortable and settled where we are. In fact, He’s called us to do the exact opposite. God wants us to stop holding onto what is familiar and walk out in faith into the unknown with Him.
“Where you are right now is the biggest obstacle to where you’re supposed to be.”
God is always doing something new and just when we think we’ve “arrived,” God steps in and tells us it’s time to move. The account of Abraham in the Bible is a perfect illustration of just that. At the age of 75, Abraham was finally settled and ready to retire. And in that moment, God called him to get up and move away from his home and set out for a land that God would show him. Without hesitation, Abraham uprooted his family and left all the comforts of home behind him. He trusted God’s promise to, in exchange for his obedience, bless him and make him into a great nation (Genesis 12:2-3). Abraham was old and childless. Where was this “great nation” going to come from? And just where was this land that God was sending him to? God didn’t tell him. Each step Abraham took in obedience, God revealed the next step, and then the next step until all of His promises came to pass.
God called Abraham to pioneer something new, but it required unquestioning faith and obedience on Abraham’s part. Just like Abraham, God has called each of us to something, and it’s up to us to seize the opportunity to be pioneers. The path may be blurry, there will be challenges along the way, and it’ll require us to step out of our comfort zones, but this is where our faith is stretched. And God is faithful to lead us one step at a time. God never fails to reward faith, and we can be assured that He will always give us far more than we give Him.
The Christian life was never meant to be stagnant. We should constantly be on the move for Jesus Christ, running with endurance, gaining ground and possessing new territory. So what is God calling you to? Is there a rumbling in your soul? Don’t bury these rumblings, let them stir you up. They’ll often compel us to do things that feel just plain crazy, but imagine how beautifully dangerous we would be for God’s Kingdom if we always followed through on them. Let’s resist the urge to live a mediocre life, to get comfortable and settle down where we are. Instead, let’s embrace this crazy adventure that God is calling us to.
Push. Pray. Pioneer.