God Invaded My Comfort Zone – When Religious Persecution Comes
Scripture: Acts 8:1 “And Saul was there giving approval to his death. On that day, a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.”
Observation: During the early years of the church in Jerusalem, the number of believers in Jesus grew by leaps and bounds. The apostles fervently preached the Gospel, even though persecution followed every step they took. Soon, all the believers were persecuted and dispersed into neighboring regions. They took the Gospel with them, and this is exactly what God wanted them to do. Persecution of the church in America is on the rise, and we all need to know what to do when God invades our comfort zone.
Application: For the past 25 years, God has moved my husband’s pastoral ministry throughout our state. Even so, we have been able to live in one location, establish roots, and enjoy longevity in our day jobs. However, God recently invaded my day job. I was strongly advised to stop teaching a Bible study, even though it was held during my lunch hour. Because I am a part of the executive management team, teaching the Bible to employees created a potential liability for the company and for me. I stopped the Bible Study.
I questioned God. I expect the early believers did the same when persecution drove them away from their homes. God had a better plan for spreading the Gospel then, and I know He has a better plan for me. You may have experienced an invasion of your comfort zone or even persecution of your faith. Don’t be discouraged. Instead, look for the opportunity where you are now. Even though I can’t teach the Bible openly at work, I have new opportunities to share the Gospel through writing. We must learn to trust God through the changes. He will show us the new open doors in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, I’m uneasy when my comfort zone is invaded, when I’m forced to move into new territory. I accept these changes, and will trust in You. Please, help me to see the pathway as I step out in faith. Hold my hand and lead me, Lord. Amen.