Summary: Leave your comfort zone to serve God....
Comfort more than blessing.
Have you ever had deep thoughts about rubber bands? I have in fact, I meant to bring one up here this morning but I forgot it. I was gonna wrap it across the podium here and leave it here for a reminder. Now before you think I have lost what little mind I had, let me explain. A rubber band is made for only one purpose that purpose is to be stretched so it can hold something together. Now, if it is not stretched, it is not fulfilling its purpose is it?
Christians are much like that rubber band. We were put on this earth to be doers of God. To do that we must stretch ourselves out of our everlasting comfort zones so that we can be effective.
Saul was the Christian killer. He was there when Stephen was stoned. He had just went and got papers so he can persecute more Christians. He hated them. He was raised to be this very thing. He wanted to put this new way out of order. He wanted to squash this “cult”. This wasn’t the way to believe. This was going against all that he knew. So when Saul accepted Jesus this was a total transformation of a person. Just days earlier he hated the Christians. Just days earlier he was hunting them down. God’s will was to use Saul to reach the Gentiles like no other in the church could. Roman citizen, fluent in Greek, and a Jew he was to be all things so he could all to Christ……looking at Saul right here is the perfect example of grace. He was a killer, hated Christians yet his slate was wiped clean. FORGIVEN!!!!
But what I want us to look at is Ananias. Why does God chose him? There is nothing to indicate that he was a super holy man. There is nothing super special about him. The only thing I see is that he was available. He was in the right place, right willing heart, and God was gonna use him. Often what determines what God uses us for is the availability in our hearts. We don’t want God to use us if have to get out of comfort zone. I know I’m preaching to someone, so I hope you get it this time around, because I want God to allow me to talk about something else. So if God keeps putting this on my heart that means someone ain’t getting it. SO listen to me closely.
GOD WANTS TO USE US!!! Especially if we are at the right place at the right time. The question of availability comes down to us not God. Are you willing to get out of your comfortable little box and serve God? Are you willing to do what God is telling you to do?
Look at Ananias right here. He was like ok God….Saul? Don’t tell God what you heard about the situation. He already knows. I heard he was a killer. He hates people like me? Saul? (read verse 13-15). You know Ananias was blessed for doing this….But in order for him to receive his blessing church he had to get out of his comfort zone. If your comfort is more important that your blessing, then you ain’t gonna get it… If your comfort zone is more important than doing God’s will what does that say about you? If your comfort is more important?????