BE PREPARED TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE…
“Therefore, If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away behold all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given to him. But sometimes you have to crash and burn first…
Evil Knievel attempted more than 75 ramp to ramp jumps in his life time. A failed jump over Snake River Canyon left him with 433 broken bones. He had to crash and burn to become what most people call one of the greatest American Icons. In the Silicon Valley fortune 500 companies won’t hire you until you have lost a million dollars first. Why you may ask? They want to see what you do after you crash and burn… Our lives are full of testimonies but until we come to Christ we do not see them as such. Like the Phoenix that rises from the ashes we are also new creations in Christ and everything that we go through is the uncomfortable things that we need to grow closer to God.
BE PREPARED TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE!
If you want to grow you better be prepared to live outside your comfort zone…
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matt. 16:24).
The cross that Jesus was hung on weighed over 400 pounds to be on the conservative side. Jesus told us to deny ourselves and carry that cross… Talk about out of your comfort zone. Anyone that has lifted weights knows that after a few reps of shoulder presses you feel the burn, but it is not until you push past that burn that you get to the next level. Sometimes crashing and burning draws you closer to God.
So… “Let us not grow tired of doing what is right, for after a while you will reap a harvest of blessings if you don’t get discouraged and give up” (Gal. 6:9).
So when you crash and burn and feel uncomfortable remember that you are a new creation, and diamonds are forged out of pressure… Metals are forged in the fire 🔥
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
This includes the crash and burns of life!
BUT IN THE END BEAUTIFUL THINGS COME FROM THAT PRESSURE AND FORGING!
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, so are you going to let something that happened to you 40 years ago, 4 weeks ago, or 4 days ago affect your step you take today? In every situation there are three factors: the situation itself, the other person and you. Out of those three things you only have control over you…so take that step and don’t let the past determine the future.
Imagine to yourself, Jesus walking over His three and a half-year ministry on earth or the road to Calvary. It is said that Jesus walked around 25 miles a day, and He carried the cross to Calvary which was according to archaeology of the city, the distance from Pilate’s palace through the network of alleys of Old Jerusalem through to Golgotha (The ‘Place of the Skull’) where the Crucifixion took place would be probably less than a mile or two, even considering all the twists and turns of the alleys. In agony, being beat and spit on… He (Jesus) took on step after another, after another knowing what He was walking into..
HIS JOURNEY BEGAN WITH ONE STEP AT A TIME DURING HIS MINISTRY, ENDING WITH LONG WALK TO HIS DEATH… FOLLOWED BY HIS GLORIOUS RETURN.
YOUR JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES HOWEVER HARD IT MAY SEEM BEGINS WITH ONE STEP. THE PRICES OF LIFE ARE NOT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY AND IT IS NOT TO US TO KNOW HOW MANY STEPS IT WILL TAKE TO GET THERE…
SO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.