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Kyle Knight, Student Ministry Director
“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust him completely.” – Francis Chan

When I was a freshmen in high school I went on a mission trip to San Francisco with my church youth group. While we were there we did a lot of service projects around the city; helping sort clothes, sorting food in a food bank, putting together meals, the sort of things that a young introvert teenage boy would be happy to do with a group of his peers away from home. It was the last day of our week there in SF when we went to serve at a soup kitchen. I remember thinking, ‘Oh I can put together some meals and even hand them to people as they walked down the serving line, no big deal at all’.

Or so I thought.

We were told to grab a meal ourselves, separate from all of our friends, and go and sit down at a table with strangers and just share a meal with them.

Did I mention I was an introvert?

I sat there, at a table of complete strangers off the street, feeling incredibly uncomfortable.

But it was in that moment of going out of my comfort zone that I had some of the most genuine, open, and loving conversations I’ve ever had in my life. It was by far my favorite part of the entire mission trip when I stepped out and trusted God completely to serve Him and His people.

As Christians we like comfort. We like to be with the people that make us feel safe, we like doing things each day that fit into what we would like to do, and we like to serve in ways that usually don’t make us stretch ourselves too much.

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable! God calls us to serve and to serve in a way that pushes us to trust in Him completely. We shouldn’t be doing just enough to stay in our comfort zone but most of the time when we see opportunities to serve others we do just enough where we aren’t pushed to fully trust God with what’s next.

I was in that same spot. I liked to serve when it was convenient for me and comfortable for me. When God pushed me to go further for His people I had to trust in Him that everything was going to be ok and that He was going to use me to do big things in His name!

This brings me to a sermon I preached a couple months ago here at Rockland when I talked about being qualified to do God’s work. I didn’t think I was until I learned how to trust in God’s comfort and He made me qualified!
“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called”
When thinking about serving our Lord Jesus, I promise you, when you put your complete trust in God, He will have you serving in ways you never thought you would!

Kyle

Scripture for Jim's message this week
Value #3: "Serve"
1 Cor 12:1-27

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