There are some kind of faith you need to have to enable you come out of your comfort zone and stand up for God. Growing up in the faith, i was always shy and when ever we were asked to go for evangelism, that day i won’t be in church. I was just comfortable with working in the sanitation department and quietly serving the Lord. Anything that would bring me out wasn’t just cool. For a while it was ok considering the fact i was still a baby christain and could not take strong meat but milk only, 1 Corinthians 3:2 “I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready”.
I kept doing this until one day, my pastor intentionally didn’t announce there was going to be evangelism. He simply said all the workers in the church will be going for visitation immediately after sunday service. I was comfortable with that since there will not be any need for me to speak. Little did I know the essence of this, was for baby christains like me that were in the church to learn to stay and stop shying away. After service, i noticed that the evangelist group, the prayer team, were eating very fast( and too fast I must say). It seemed strange because we were told we were going for visitation and not for a battle. It was as though they were getting ready for something big ( a battle if i can call it that).
Shortly after that we all set out for the visitation (evangelism). After visiting the first house which belonged to a member that didn’t show up for service as a result of being ill, i noticed that we were no longer visiting homes anymore, they took it to the streets. Now, i understood why the prayer team and evangelist group ate. They knew it was going to be a long day.
We were then grouped, three persons in a group and every one must participate. My heart jumped into my tummy; “this is trickery i murmured”,”how can they deceive us like this”, “how do i do this and where do I begin from”, “what if i stammer?”, “What if i can’t remember the bible verse to support what am preaching about”? “I am not prepared for this” ” Lord, pls help me not to disgrace myself today amen, I murmured”. I felt the ground should open and swallow me up. I felt like running but my feet won’t give way. I faked a smile anytime some glanced at me but deep down i was bitter. I was more comfortable being a sanitation member, i loved my comfort zone. While rumbling my head with all these thoughts, i heard our leader call out my name ” Whitney! You will be evangelising to the next soul we meet, the Lord is your strength. Every one in my group echoed “Amen” except me. I kept wondering how the Lord will help me. Is he the one to preach to them? What if they don’t accept the message? What if they snob me? I was lost in thoughts, i was oblivious of the fact that it’s not in my place to convert any one, my job was to tell them about the love of Christ and help them make a commitment to serve the Lord by sharing the word of God with them and praying with them.
Because I wasn’t ready to leave my comfort zone, i kept running away. And so, i didn’t know anything about evangelism nor soul winning and that is a mandate for every believer. “Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”. “Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise”. My performance that day wasn’t so bad but it could have been better if only I had taken an interest in evangelising and not just cleaning alone. I was angry at my pastor for tricking me but after that day, my interest in evangelism grew, so did my desire to know him more and study his words grew. In turn, i appreciated my pastor for pulling me out of my comfort zone without my permission.
As believers, being a worker in the Lord’s vineyard is needful but soul winning is mandatory. Our lives should also be the gospel we preach. A little boys action today in the church brought back these memories. The moment it was announced that there will be evangelism after service, the little boy quietly sneeked out of the church. The moment i saw him, I smiled and said “That used to be me”.
God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and do the unusual thing to make His kingdom great!. You don’t have to be a pastor, missionary or even an evangelist. All you need to do is have a heart for God and his things and a willingness to leave your comfort zone. God is looking for men and women who have a heart for Him… who want to take their lives to the next level. Who want to step out of the maze of mediocrity, comfort zone and live for something bigger than themselves!
Whatever it is, please do not be afraid to leave your comfort zone for the Lord. You are not alone. He’s always with you. God bless you.