Change is difficult to bring about in the church, other agencies, and in our individual lives for that matter because people do not quickly give up the familiar ways of doing things. We establish habits and predictable patterns that we hold on to even after they have out lived their usefulness. We like living in a comfort zone. We like to know what to expect next. We like the feeling of being in control.
The problem is though that living in a comfort zone doesn’t allow for growth. Growth calls us to come out of the comfort zone. Comfort and faith are incompatible. You cannot live by faith and live in your little comfort zone at the same time. We become complacent and resistant to new ideas and the true challenge of the gospel because we don’t want anybody, including God, to call us to life outside of our comfort zone.
At some point, we’re going to have to stop deluding ourselves and recognize that in order to be true to the demands Christ makes of us, we’re going to have to relinquish the attitude that we know better than He does what’s best for us. We’re going to have to relinquish old attitudes, idol gods, and inflated notions of ourselves and enter into the uncomfortable world of faith and trust in God. You can’t be in control and God be in control at the same time.
Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (St. Luke 9:23). “Deny himself?” “Take up a cross daily?” True Christian discipleship is a call to come out of your comfort zone. Until you do . . . Well, you’re only fooling yourself.