Have you ever been in an uncomfortable situation? It was so uncomfortable that you became nervous? On the verge of vomiting?
That was me four years ago. Well, not the vomiting, but I just know that every time I get in an uncomfortable situation, my voice cracks, my hands start to freeze, and my leg shakes like I’m Michael Jackson.
Then I realized, once I got past the uncomfortable, the uncomfortable started to feel… comfortable.
In order to grow as a believer and as a human being, you’ll need to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.
In Matthew chapter 9:9-10, Jesus calls Matthew (tax collector) to come eat with him.
“9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.”
First thing I noticed is whatever your occupation or role is, you have influence in that area. Matthew here is a tax collector, and in verse ten, many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus. Most people will gravitate towards people they are comfortable with. I know if I am going to an event, and I don’t know anyone except one person, you better believe I’m going to be standing next to that person like white on rice. If you are a parent, your children are influenced by your actions. Your peers, your co-workers, everyone that you are around.
Second thing I notice is that Jesus was eating with people who were not only his disciples, but also people who were interested in what Jesus had to say. Can you imagine if Jesus only ate with his boys? When I first attended Elevate and started to take over the Young Adults group, I knew I had to step out of my comfort zone in order to grow the ministry. It was uncomfortable for me to go to complete strangers and introduce myself, get their number, and invite them to an event that we had. However, the more I did, the more natural I got. I embraced the uncomfortable. I try to find out one thing about them that I can connect with and I talk to them about that connection. Who knows, you might find someone who loves Michael Bolton just as much as you!
I heard this quote from a fellow Cowboys fan like myself. “Your gift is your talent. Your weakness is your ministry.”
I believe God wants to use you in a big way to reach His people, and I’m telling you, it’ll take a huge step of faith and a whole lot of uncomfortableness. Embrace it! Take it one step at a time, and I believe you’ll reach the next level in your life. If it is uncomfortable, it is good for you!