Today's reading: Nehemiah 11:1-36
As I read the first two verses of Nehemiah 11, the fact that living for God requires us to move out of our comfort zone and make sacrifices came across loud and clear.
"And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem" (vs. 2).
I like it when my life feels comfortable--when all things are in order, I have a routine, I know what to expect and I have a sense of being in control. (Can you relate?) But what I've discovered over the years is that NOT remaining "comfortable" is a good thing because it's when I move out of my comfort zone that my relationship with God is enhanced on a number of levels. Moving out of this zone of comfort and making sacrifices: heightens my awareness of God; reinforces my reliance on God as provider and director of my life; increases and intensifies my communication with God.
Earlier this week, someone messaged me this wise phrase that really drives home this point. "Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone." If we want to live fully for God, sacrifices and making changes and moves have to be a part of the equation of our life.
In what area(s) might God be asking you to make some moves or sacrifices in order to serve Him more fully? Identify one thing (a possession, a habit, an opinion or mindset, a physical location) that if you gave it up (sacrificed it) would benefit your relationship with God and your service to Him. Tami
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