Comfort Zone

Ezra 3:11-13, “And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.”               The people, under the leadership of Zerubbabel, left to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. There is happiness and sadness in the story. Happiness is shown in verse 11, in the singing of the men and women, sadness because there were only about 50,000 who wanted to return. There were hundreds of thousands of Jews in captivity; however, only 50,000 wanted to return. The rest would not leave the comfort of their surroundings, even though they were in captivity. What a picture of Christianity today. Very few Christians are willing to leave the comforts of life in order to serve God. Most Christians do nothing for the Lord because they won’t leave their comfort zone, but these people did. They went to repair the house of the Lord. It took thirty years, but the house was rebuilt. They succeeded in spite of problems because they were willing to step out and serve God. Are you willing to leave your comfort zone today?