The Bible states in Amos 6:1, “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion…” Interestingly enough, Amos is not some great preacher or prestigious prophet. He is simply a layperson who received an assignment from God and worked at it with all his might. I think it is important to note that you and I don’t have to be leaders in the church to make an impact for God. So today, I want to share with you three simple nuggets a layperson needs to be aware of in order to overcome complacency in our spiritual lives.
We need to understand the danger of thinking we are self-sustaining. The Bible says it best in Revelations 3:17, “You say I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” In other words, the Apostle John warns us that material wealth is NOT always a sign of spiritual blessings. We can be rich and successful in our personal lives, while being poor and unfruitful in our spiritual lives. We should never allow personal success to be our measuring tool used to evaluate spiritual victory.
We need to understand the danger of daily distractions. Mark 4:9 states, “But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” By way of explanation, the writer concludes that focusing all our attention on our daily to-do-list can take away from our commitment to God. When we allow distractions to monopolize our time and energy; we don’t have anything left to give to God. As a result, we begin to make excuses for our sin, fail to share our faith, and only turn to God when we get into trouble.
We need to remember that apathy always comes before calamity. When we lose our passion for God and His church, we are headed in the wrong direction. In fact, when we exhibit a lack of interest in prayer and little or no concern for following the will of God, we are headed down a slippery slope that will soon end in regret. This is why the Bible warns us about complacency in Revelations 3:15-16, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (16)So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” A person complacent in his or her Christianity has become repugnant in the eyesight of God. There are few things more disheartening than an in-name-only Christian. God wants our Christianity to be vibrant and fruitful
Being complacent about our spiritual well-being is dangerous. We cannot allow self-sustaining attitudes, distractions, or apathy to draw us off course. With all of our might, we must continue to fight to keep our spiritual passion alive and well. I want to leave you with the words found in Revelations 2:5a, “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first….”
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.