Resolution for this new year: Don’t get too comfortable

Posted: January 10, 2013 by efenster in Ideas

God's wayHave you noticed how just when we’re feeling like we’ve got our act together, we’ve got things under control, we’re comfortable, God calls us to make a change that forces us out of our comfort zone, requires us to rely on God’s leading, and takes us to a place we never dreamed of going?

I was reading Genesis 12 this morning, the call of Abram.  I began reading, however, at the end of the prior chapter where it says that Abram’s father, Terah, took his son Abram, his grandson Lot and Abram’s wife Sarai and “set out with them from Ur of the Chaldees for the land of Canaan.  But when they got as far as Haran, they settled down there.”   In the next chapter the story picks up where God calls Abram to leave his country, his people and father’s household and complete the trip that Terah failed to finish.

I’ve read this passage numerous times but today was the first time it hit me that Abram’s father had actually been going to Canaan.  For some unexplained reason, however, he didn’t make it.  He ended up going only part of the way.  I wonder why?  Did their car–I mean donkey–break down in Haran and then they sort of just stayed?  Did Terah have friends or family there and so he decided to stay in a place that was familiar and welcoming?  Whatever the reason, he had the opportunity to enter the Promised Land and he  missed it.  It is his son, Abram, who completes the journey, and to do that he must leave his country, people, and his home.

How is life going for you?  Have you sort of settled in?  Are you pretty comfortable?  Well, listen to the voice of God, sense the prodding of the Spirit, follow the Master and you’re likely to end up in another place this year.  Yes, it might be scary at least at first, unfamiliar, and may even seem crazy, but you’ll end up in a much better place!

So why am I writing about this on a Church Development blog?  Because this applies equally well to our churches, doesn’t  it?  Reread the above but replace we and  you with our church.  Think about it!

So, don’t settle for Haran this year, leave your comfort zone and follow Christ no matter where He may lead you.  And, just as Abram was, you and your church will be truly blessed as a result!

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development


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