“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18 / NIV)
What is your most comfy article of clothing? A pair of worn-out shoes? Or it could be a pair of sweat pants with stains and holes – but they just fit so well and feel so comfortable.
While getting ready to face the day, I slipped into a pair of faded, torn jeans and slid on a pair of loafers that should have been thrown away months ago. After all, comfort is one of the perks of working from home. I was feeling all snuggly and comfy – until I remembered my work meeting uptown. In looking at my “comfy” attire, I knew they would be unacceptable in a professional setting. Though I would definitely feel comfortable, my boss and coworkers surely would not. My “comfort” would be a setback to my credibility and presentation. If I were to show up like this repeatedly, I would stunt my promotional potential, my integrity would be questioned, and my ongoing employment may even be at risk.
Yes, you guessed it – God chose my ill-timed desire for comfort to speak truth to me.
Getting Out of my Comfort Zone
There is an inherent danger in growing comfortable with things in my life that hold me back from God’s greater good. Whether it is a comfortable (though unhealthy) habit, a monotonous daily routine that doesn’t allow for God’s spontaneous blessings and insight, or simply apathy in my Christian walk. Just because something feels comfortable, doesn’t necessarily mean it is best.
Peter encourages us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Growing involves expanding, getting stronger, becoming different – but better. In essence, growth involves change. And therein lies the challenge, does it not? As creatures of habit, we resist change even though it may be the very best thing for us. As an example, most babies holler and cry when they have their diapers changed; however, that very change is what parents know is best for the child.
So what change does God have in mind for you? What “comfortable” faded jeans or worn out shoes is He encouraging you to leave behind so you can grow into the stronger, better person He wants you to become? Yes, such a change may be painful for the moment. But when you look back, you will find it was necessary for your growth and development.
For now, please excuse me – I need to go change my clothes.