“Work as you’re working on to the Lord.” “I will show you my faith by my works.” “If we are faithful with the little, how much more will He be able to trust us with?” All scriptures of His truth. These scriptures speak volumes to our growth because He is speaking on holding ourselves accountable. It’s a dialect of stepping out of your comfort zone where unfamiliarity resides and where the four walls of security do not exist. Take the time to ask yourself these two questions, what are you holding yourself accountable to and how are you inspiring yourself to move past your comfort zone?
Where ever there is comfortability there is limited growth. Jesus said, with more blessings comes more accountability (Luke 12:48). Throughout the Bible, scriptures have shown that more blessings originate from stepping out of our comfort zone. Wherever you are at right now in life, God is ready to bless you with more, God is ready to see that your vision/s succeed. He has prepared to supply the provision for that vision, but you have to do your part and get out of your own self-security and walk into the unknown where Jesus is.
You see, God has you exactly where He wants you for the moment. Wherever you’re at in life, God wants you to focus on perspective. Perspectives always change outcomes. So, what has been your perspective to where you are in life right now? God knows that the majority of our days consists of work. Whether you are going to school, whether you’re a stay at home mother/wife, in between jobs, working a 9-5, or starting your own business. Much of your days consist of work. Scriptures mention how our perspective should be as we work.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23 KJV
The word heartily in the Hebrew context have two meanings, the manner in which anything is done out of which you possess and out from the soul which is the sentient principle of desire, passion, and affection (Baker, W., & Zodhiates, S. 2008 p. 1537 & 5590). It’s all about perspective. God wants us to have a willing mind that is committed to Him, not to ourselves, or to man.
God is saying to you, "just do your best in what you can do for Me, not what you can’t do or worry what you don’t have because it is by My strength alone that abundantly supplies the need so that in all things I may be glorified through My son, Jesus Christ."
Success happens when you step out of your comfort zone. Allow your faith to grow in your day-to-day actions. Invite God to direct your every move. Don’t focus on things that you can’t control; don’t focus on the season you are in now because seasons are just temporary. Seasons come, and seasons go. Focus your faith on Christ who has the power to control what transpires in your future. We will not allow situations or circumstances to define our inability to grow. Your growth in success is determined by your faith and how you work it.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?... 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:14, 17-26 NKJV
Just because some people profess faith doesn’t mean they actually possess it. We got to move past the intellectual belief of God’s existence and accept and start trusting on His promises. What are you believing God to perfect in your life? And how much are you willing to trust Him to be part of your plans?
When Apostle Paul spoke of faith, he also included the works of faith. God’s promises are producing through the results of exercising our faith in our actions. I understand that stepping out of your comfort zone is and can be incredibly nerve-wracking. The moment we attempt to step out our comfort zone the voices in our mind can create distractions of doubt, fear, rejection, and failure, but if you allow those voices to take over, you will never get the opportunity to experience faith, courage, acceptance, and success.
We all know the story of Peter walking on water Matthew 14:22-33. Many focuses are on the distractions of fear in what caused Peter to sink, and many focuses are on Peter having little faith, but we forget to concentrate on the fact that he did walk on water by keeping his eye on God’s promise (Jesus Christ). Out of all the disciples in the boat, Peter took the chance to trust in Jesus as He called out to him and encouraged him to step out by faith and by faith, Peter took action and did something that was humanly impossible but was recognized to be solely possible with God. Let us take on Peter’s initial perspective; the viewpoint of being unified with Jesus Christ as He calls you out to the unknown, out into the uncertainty, and let both your faith and works be united together as you take a chance in walking upon the waters of life in the presence of our Savior.
Stepping out of our comfort zone is our way of showing God we will trust His way which in return allows God to do His part in producing provision that was specifically designed for you and me. I encourage you today, start being faithful in the little things that God has already put before you. Because whoever can be trusted with little can be trusted with more. What a beautiful reminder that every good thing you have now has been given to you by God, not by your own works, and not from people but from God, your Father in Heaven. I pray this message inspires you to get past your comfortability, I pray this message motivates you to step out of your regular routines that brings you security in yourself. What area in your life is He calling you out of your comfort zone? Focus on perspective. Show your faith by your works. Success happens when you step out your comfort zone because that’s where Jesus is.
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Baker, W., & Zodhiates, S. (2008). New Testament Dictionary. In The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.
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