“Well, if they would just get out of their comfort zone.”
“I just need to get out of my comfort zone.”
“Let’s work to get out of our comfort zones.”
Where in the world did the idea of “comfort zone” come from? I can tell you where it did not come from: the Bible. No where does God or God’s Word talk about “Abraham’s comfort zone” or “Moses’ comfort zone” or “the apostles’ comfort zones.” I submit that the idea of the comfort zone is a made-up concept which we use to sugar coat the truth and deaden the blow of what God’s Word says about our discipleship. In other words, the “comfort zone” is imaginary.
Well then what is the truth the “comfort zone” sugar coats? I believe if we are real honest with ourselves we would find that we are afraid, proud, forgetful, even lukewarm. These (and others) form the walls of the imaginary place known as the “comfort zone.” These are real problems which we cheerfully paint as our “comfort zone.” But when we talk about “getting out of our comfort zone,” we don’t think of these things (fear, pride, etc.).
So what does God say about these hindrances to discipleship? If you’re afraid, “fear not, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 43.1). If you’re proud, “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God” (1 Peter 5.6). If you have “abandoned the love you had at first,” “repent, and do the works you did at first” (Revelation 2.4, 5). If you are lukewarm, “be zealous [for God] and repent” (Revelation 3.19). Tear down the walls of your comfort zone and engage in the mission of God for the glory of God!