by Arnie Cole & Michael Ross
"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will send you out to fish for people.' At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him." Matthew 4:18-22, NIV
Living our lives in a Christian "huddle" makes us feel safe--even comfortable. When our focus is on the huddle, we don't have to deal with scary people on the outside. But here's something interesting to ponder: Our comfort has a very low biblical priority. Jesus doesn't care much about our comfort. If anything, He calls us to spend time out of our holy huddle and to impact the world for Him.
Throughout the Gospels we see examples of Christ making His disciples uncomfortable by befriending scary people--outcasts. Check out what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:15: "For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."
Tell others what you're all about, what Christ is all about. Let your actions speak. Do something that takes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to be a servant to someone. Begin with simple steps: Go next door and tell your neighbor about Jesus--or make Him known to your friends at work, school, or even within your own family. Do some random acts of kindness. Invite neighbors to church. Show them God's love through your actions, not just your words.
Excerpt from Growing in Christ. If you enjoyed today's devotional, check out more from goTandem Books.