he intended for them to step outside their comfort zones. The disciples would have to talk to people with whom they were unfamiliar—people who did not talk, dress, or worship as they did. Being in unfamiliar places was sometimes uncomfortable for the disciples, and it will be for us as well. Yet it can also be a blessing. Stepping outside our comfort zone gives us the opportunity to grow closer to God and to help others come to know God’s love.
[Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Mark 16:15 (NIV)
Not all of us will be able to go overseas, much less around the world; but we can step out in faith right where we are. What if we talked to the girl at school that no one ever speaks to or to the guy we pass in the hall every day but don’t really know? What if we took the risk to share our faith on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr? Every day, let’s look for ways to follow Jesus’ command to show others the love of God. And if we feel uncomfortable, we can always ask God to give us the right words to say.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF: This week, how will you take the risk to step outside your comfort zone to love others as Jesus did? Record what happens in your journal.