What’s Your Reason?
It seems so often that people go about life just sort of spinning wheels, not really going anywhere, but wearing themselves out. It’s almost this purposeless existence and sadly, it’s a human epidemic even found in the church, in Christians. God created us with a purpose! We were made to do good things. Look at Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
The enemy would love to keep us from that plan God has for us, but often times he doesn’t even have to try. Look at Proverbs 1:32, “For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.” This word complacency is actually the same problem that Jeremiah dealt with in Jeremiah 22:21, “I spoke to you in your prosperity (complacency),
But you said, ‘I will not hear.’” Complacency can be defined as self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Too often people are self-satisfied, thinking they don’t need God. This is complacency, and notice what the above definition says, those who are complacent are unaware of the actual dangers of it. See, often times, we’re our own worst enemy.
Have you ever watched one of those blooper moments on television, when an athlete is running towards the goal, scores and then celebrates only to find out he just won the game for the other team? So many times Christians are scoring goals toward the enemy’s scorecard. We need to take guard lest we become complacent Christians.
Revelation chapter 3 addresses this issue of complacency in the Laodicean church. Revelation 3:16, “…because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” It’s so awful to the Lord that His people become complacent that He’d rather vomit! The Word says this! Look at vs. 17, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” These Christians were self-satisfied, unaware of their own deficiencies, inconsiderate of their need for God. They had lost their fervor. They had lost their first love. This life may not feel that bad for a while, but ultimately it’s a path to misery.
Now look at Revelation 2:3-4, “…you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Notice here that it’s good-hearted, willing and obedient Christians that have walked into complacency. We must not be the Christians who run for God but forget why we’re running! Are we at a place in our walk with the Lord that we’ve stopped coming to Him just to spend time with Him? Are we paying more attention to what we can accomplish for our lives instead of what He has for us to do? We need Him. We actually need Him, if we’re going to have the blessed life we were created to have.