Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Out of Your Comfort Zone: Live the Life God Intends

Jack Graham

Over and over again, we read about men and women in the Bible who did
great things for God. Now, notice I didn't say great men and women ???
but men and women who did great things.

Do you know what these men and women had in common? Each one of them
had a big heart for God. Like Nehemiah.

Nehemiah's story, which is recorded for us in the Old Testament, is
one of the great epochs of Christian history. Not only is Nehemiah's
story a manual on leadership, organization, and how to accomplish
goals, it shows us what God can do through a man whose heart is
totally and completely His.

I'd encourage you to take some time in the next month or so to read
the entire story of Nehemiah. But today there's one chapter of his
life that I'd like to focus you on… when Nehemiah took a step out of
his comfort zone and made an eternal difference for God.

Nehemiah was a displaced Jew living a thousand miles from Jerusalem in
what's known today as Persia, or Iran. He had risen to prominence as
the cupbearer to the king of Persia, and he lived quite a comfortable
life in the king's palace. He slept on satin sheets and down pillows.
He was living the good life!

Yet one fateful day, some Jewish friends of Nehemiah returned from a
jaunt to Jerusalem. And he asked them a question that ended up
changing his life: "How is it with the people of Jerusalem?" And they
said, "Nehemiah, it's not good. The walls are down, the gates are
burned with fire, and the people are living in shame and disgrace."

When Nehemiah heard this, it was like a shot to the solar plexus. It
buckled him. It swept him off his feet and onto his knees! And he
began to cry out to God… but not for just a moment. For four months he
prayed until God showed him what to do!

Nehemiah refused to ignore what God was doing in his heart…which was
to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. He could have continued
to live in luxury in Persia, but Nehemiah's heart was a thousand miles
away…in Jerusalem. His heart was the heart of God.

I believe God is doing exactly the same thing in the hearts of His
people today. And that includes you! He's stirring your heart to do
something for His glory.

God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone… to do the unusual
thing… to do the counter-cultural thing… to make His kingdom great!

Now, please, don't misunderstand me. You don't have to be a pastor, a
missionary, or a super-spiritual star or hero! All you have to do is
have a heart for God… and a willingness to get out of your comfort

It may be something as simple as just walking across the room at a
party to talk to someone you normally would have ignored. Or inviting
your neighbor over for tea. Or taking a co-worker to lunch to see how
they're doing.

Whatever it is, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone… like
Nehemiah did… to do great things for God!

God is looking for men and women who have a heart for Him… who want to
take their lives to the next level… who want to step out of the maze
of mediocrity and live for something bigger than themselves!

It's my prayer that this will be the passion of your heart and life!

PowerPoint(r) Ministries started as a vision of Dr. Jack Graham and
his wife Deb. They believed that the power of God was evident in their
growing church and that His Gospel message should be spread beyond the
walls of that church to the world at large. They put their faith into
action and purchased airtime on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
PowerPoint(r) Ministries was then officially launched in April 1994.
PowerPoint(r) Ministries now reaches 31 cities and 18 states in the
United States through their radio and television stations. In
addition, they broadcast in over 70 countries including the U.S.,
Great Britain, South Africa, Iraq, Israel, and more

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