I was doing some reading this morning and I came across this little nugget:
Acts 14:21–22 (NIV84)
21 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
It was a moment of clarity.
I am guilty of railing on and on about change and the need to step out of comfort zones. I’ve been taught that that’s one of the things leaders do.
Oh, don’t get confused. It was never really clarified that leaders step out of their comfort zones, but rather we encourage others to do it in order to lead forward.
My recent situation has presented a difficult scenario. I’m being lead into a place of discomfort…by a group of other people. A group of people I have been looking at for quite some time presenting them with various challenges. I’m not going to stop challenging them, but I have a choice to make…
Am I willing to “do uncomfortable” at their leading?
There are so many risks (voice in my head echoes something I told them a few months ago, “You can’t expect growth if you’re not willing to take risks.”) They WERE listening! lol
The Christian life isn’t “My Best Life Now.” The Christian life is 100%, “My Best Life Later.” The Christian life is “Endure Hardship Now.”
That doesn’t mean there isn’t any pleasure. By no means! It means that the pleasure and accomplishment isn’t found in my comfort, but rather the hardships I endure.
There is a group of men that I am growing WITH. It is evident that God is showing us that WE are sharpening one another, and sometimes we aren’t aware that it is even happening. We are waking up. We are beginning to pay attention. We are beginning to step out of our comfort zones. We are beginning to challenge one another. We aren’t doing this by shaking our fists at one another. We ARE doing it by wrapping our arms around one another.
Is it risky? YOU BET!
Is it comfortable? You should see the bags under my eyes!
Is it worth it? Scripture says it is!
If entering the Kingdom requires us to go through man hardships, doesn’t it stand to reason that “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done,” requires hardship also?
If my life is a book, and I believe it is, there is a new chapter being outlined and the writing is beginning very soon.
Scripture says that hardship is a requirement to enter the Kingdom.
I’m not about “making things hard” but I am learning to accept that hardship is a sign of success rather than a sign of failure.
I look forward to the future.
I look forward to the Connection.
I look forward to the Growth.
I look forward to Serving.