The fact that there are areas we don’t allow our comfort zones to be stretched that can have eternal consequences. Imagine all the people we resisted speaking to about Jesus because it might make them uncomfortable. In most of those instances that isn’t really the case. It was never about their comfort and all about ours.
How many of the spiritual disciplines have we resisted because they make us uncomfortable? Fasting is one for me. I know I need to do it more than I do but don’t. I know it isn’t going to feel good. I resist and the good that could come out of that for my own spiritual maturity and discernment lack because of my resistance to challenge my comfort zone. That also means my impact on others is diminished, which could have eternal consequences of the people I never helped or reached.
I don’t mean to make any of us feel guilty, although sometimes I do. I mean this as a call to action for us to address those things that make us uncomfortable that really ought to be done. Some things are worth being uncomfortable over!
Comfort is the opiate of the religious. It dulls the senses, relaxes the mind, reduces pain, causes one to be inactive, causes one to think they are indestructable and is highly addictive.
A comfort zone is also induced by calmness inside a church. Most people really enjoy when the proverbial boat is not rocking. However, generations may be calmly leaving, the children may be getting ready to give up on the faith as soon as they can get out high school, the church may be dying, and yet comfort reigns for those who are still there.