Do you ever have those moments when a thought seems to come out of nowhere? I don’t exactly know where this thought came from, but as I was loading the dishwasher one morning, it just popped into my head. It really caused me to think, to examine my own heart.
Sometimes in our Christian walk we get so caught up in ourselves that we forget that there is a whole world out there filled with lost people – people who need Christ. We surround ourselves with others who are just like us.
Maybe it is out of fear.
It might be because we don’t like being outside of our comfort zone.
Or, maybe it is just easier to follow Christ when we are not challenged – it isn’t too hard to stand up for what is right when you are surrounded by people who pretty much think the same way as you.
This has always been hard for me. It isn’t that I thought I was better than anyone else. But, it is so much easier not to put myself in a position that I might have to explain why I won’t do or say certain things and risk offending someone. It is easier to keep my kids surrounded by other kids with like-minded parents because then I won’t have to tell my kids “no” – or go into a complicated explanation of why their friend is allowed to do something that they are not. It is easier to just stay in my own little “cream puff world” as it was once referred to by someone I dearly love.
In Mark 2, the Pharisees, being much like many of us at times…hypocritical, were asking the disciples why Jesus was eating with tax collectors and sinners.
First of all, Romans:3:23 states quite clearly that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Again, we all sin. Apparently, being a sinner wasn’t label enough; they had to single out the tax collectors. They were not a very popular group. Being seen as sympathizers with Rome, or at least in cahoots with them, made them a special breed of sinner in the eyes of the Pharisees.
But, Jesus actually sat down and had a meal with them. Continuing in Mark 2:17, Jesus states, “…It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” And, since Romans 3:10 states, “There is no one righteous, not even one,” it is pretty clear that we are all in need of a Savior.
So, while it is sometimes easier to stay in my own little world, easier isn’t always better, and it certainly isn’t biblical. The Great Commission in Matthew 28 gives clear instructions. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
That is a pretty tall order to fill if we are not willing to leave our inner circle.
I regularly pray that God puts people in my path that I can minister to. Sometimes that means leaving my comfort zone. Are you willing to do the same?
About the Author:
Stacy Ketter is the wife of 30 years to her high school sweetheart, Dave, homeschooling mom of 23 years to 5 kids (4 down, 1 to go), and current student of Berean School of the Bible. Stacy is passionate about raising her children in the Lord and homemaking. She serves in her local church as the nursery director, and enjoys assisting with coaching her daughter’s softball team. In her “spare time”, Stacy enjoys cold winter snow days, historical fiction, and watching Little House on the Prairie with her daughters.