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Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Matthew Melton - January 16, 2014

Disciples, Discipleship, Facebook, Faith, Gospel, Mission

Like many of you, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love the really helpful articles, videos, quotations, and posts made by those looking to better equip Christian disciples via Social Media. But, of course, I hate the worthless trivia and minutiae that some folks post in efforts to draw attention to themselves or other meaningless causes.

However, today I read a post by church planter Hugh Halter in Denver, CO that caught my attention. Halter challenges Christians to live out the gospel in community on mission. That is something I hope to do every day; simply and effectively. Halter says that many of us just cannot adjust our calculated lives, schedules, and attitudes to the constant messiness and changes that result from day-to-day Spirit-led missional living. He is right. Following Jesus often costs us dearly. Note what Hebrews 11:32-40 says,

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Does that sound like your life? Is the Holy Spirit continually leading, convicting and re-directing your goals, priorities, and motives? I have to admit that I often turn a deaf ear to God's leading in the area of mission. He opens many doors for ministry that I often don't step through just because it seems too tough.

Is there anything in your life that will prove impossible short of a miracle from God? Are you really caught up in the cosmic battle for the souls of lost people in the Hill Country? Has God broken your heart so that you are quick to offer the Good News about Jesus to anyone who will listen? If not, only a life-altering encounter with the Gospel can re-structure the self-centeredness in your heart. You can pray that God will do that for you right now!

Let's be a part of God's rescue mission. Let's watch God transform broken lives with the beautiful, restorative news of the Gospel of His Son. Let's help, care, and serve as the hands and feet of Jesus; pushing back darkness with the Light of our Blessed Redeemer.

In the battle with you,

Matthew Melton

Pastor of High Peak Fellowship in Kerrville, TX