Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

All Campuses  |  Published on July 31, 2017

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We’ve heard the parable of the Good Samaritan many times. Typically when we think about it, we think about how we as Christians are to love and help others. But have you thought about how the Samaritan went out of his way to help a Levite–someone completely different from him?

He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;” and “your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

It’s easy to develop relationships with people who are similar to us, who have similar interests, hobbies, and backgrounds. Often times our neighbors don’t fit those criteria. This week, talk to the neighbor you have nothing in common with. Initiate conversations with the person at work who’s in a totally separate life stage than you. Strike up a discussion with the person at Starbucks you always see and who seems nothing like you.

Get outside your comfort zone this week for the sake of reaching someone with the Good News.

“Have you ever considered that interruptions and distractions in your life are divine appointments by God?” Pastor Robby said during his message Sunday.

When your waitress at dinner is taking an especially long time, when you’re asked to head up a special event at work, when you’re assigned a middle seat on the flight, when your neighbor you barely know wants to talk as you get the mail, embrace the uncomfortable. Step into those situations with grace and patience. God doesn’t orchestrate accidents. He can use our experiences at any time as a way to spread His truth. We may never know when an inconvenience in our life is actually divinely and specifically created for us.

C.S. Lewis said, “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life–the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.”

In other words, those interruptions are not interruptions but our actual life ordained by God that we need to pay attention to.

The greatest evidence this world has that Jesus is real is the way we as Christians love others. Let’s be people who love those who are different than us. Let’s love as Jesus loves.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do what is good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High. For he is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:32-36)

Think about the person in your life who you need to show unconditional love to. Will you pray this week that you respond in any uncomfortable situations and step outside of yourself to love others? God will no doubt provide an opportunity.

Let us know how you’re interacting with your neighbors and what you’ve been learning through God’s Word. Share your stories on social media using #LHBeANeighbor.

Join us Sunday as we continue our series, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Watch previous messages here.

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