Avoiding Complacency

“Complacency is easy…and it is a deadly foe of spiritual growth.” -A.W. Tozer

Paul wrote to the people of God in Colossae and he shared with them his prayer for them: Colossians 1:10 says his prayer for them is, “That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition]. (AMP)

The NIV says it like this, “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”.

Looking back at my life over the past 30 years up to this point, I realize that during my times of complacency, whether it be in my job, in the sports I was involved in, in my relationships, and most importantly in my spiritual growth, it is very obvious that I did anything but grow or increase.  During those periods of complacency, I stalled out and as a result went backwards in all of those areas.

For example, if I don’t take the time to focus and improve my skills as a computer technician, I will never get any better.  In fact, if I neglect to exercise the things I already know, my skills will decrease and I will forget the things I once knew.  The same goes for sports, my relationship with my wife, or my relationship with Jesus.  This flesh we walk around in has a hard time avoiding complacency.  That is why we can’t rely on it.  That is why each morning and throughout the day, we MUST take the time to invite God into our everyday, ordinary lives, and ask Him to fill us up with more of Him.  He is anything but ordinary.

As we hunger for more of Him and refuse to be complacent in our relationship with Him by following the instructions of Paul (in verse 10… “desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit, and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God”) our lives will thrive spiritually.

I relate complacency with indifference and with being lukewarm.  I think they are the same thing.  And God is obviously not pleased with that.

Revelation 3:15-20 makes this pretty clear:   (NLT) 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

Let’s be people of action and walk toward Him daily.  Let’s open the door to a deeper relationship with Him and slam the door in the face of indifference.