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Complacency: Does it Affect Your Spiritual Walk?
By: Michele Massie
Light represents the effect of our life on others. Like a lamp that lights up a room, is your life showing other people how to find God and live for Him? If not, what may have extinguished the light? Was it complacency, resentment, lack of vision, stubbornness of heart, or disobedience? These are just a few things that could keep God’s light from shining through you to others.
Complacency creates a lukewarm faith and lukewarm water makes a disgusting drink! People that need Jesus are watching those who follow Christ. It is a sorry sight to come upon a half-hearted, in name only Christian who seems uncaring and has a heart that is not tender to the heart of Jesus Christ. The heart of the One who came to save us!
Are you lukewarm in your devotion to God? Beloved, God may discipline you to help you out of your uncaring attitude. But He uses only loving discipline, intended to help us to turn from our indifference toward him, that we come back to him. One Sunday, my pastor said, “The Lord leads us in the right way. His way is always good and intended to bless. Sometimes even in the midst of potential dangers, at the end we can conclude, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd – the Good Shepherd! Everything that is happening, God turns it around to glorify himself and to bless us! Goodness and mercy is where it is all headed. It’s where it will all end up.” As Jesus said, He is the Good Shepherd. His sheep hear his voice and they answer when he calls (John 10:27).
He went on to say, “Very few people these days say, ‘why don’t we inquire of the Lord?’ The one consistent comparison when God refers to humanity is that he refers us to sheep. Sheep can’t be driven like cattle. They have to be lead. When you find sheep without a shepherd, many times they don’t survive and certainly don’t thrive. If we try and lead ourselves we will wonder off the path, where there will be no satisfaction for the soul. That’s why we need to submit to his leading. Psalm 23 says God will lead us in paths of righteousness for his namesake. It’s for his namesake. He cares for His flock, that people watching would say WOW! I want to be part of that flock, bringing testimony to the world of what a great Shepherd we have.”
The influence, guiding and leading of God is going to be under the care of God only as you allow Him to lead you by his Holy Spirit and the precepts of His Word. If we try to lead ourselves we will wonder off the path where there will be no satisfaction for the soul. So, we need to submit to his leading.
Following Gods leading in your life doesn’t mean you have to check your brains at the door! The Bible says in Proverbs 4:18, “The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come.” But, He uses only loving discipline, intended to help us to turn from our indifference toward him that we come back to him. God is always a good God in whatever comes our way, even hard things. That God is leading born-again-believers individually down our unique paths from glory to glory getting brighter and brighter until the daylight has come.
Verse 20 goes on to say, “Son, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. Never let them get away from you. Remember them and keep them in your heart. They will give life and health to anyone who understands them.” God created us individually. Just as our bodies have many parts, in the same way, we are many individual personalities and all have different gifts to build up believers and point others to Christ. We are all unique and will have our own unique, personal encounter with the Lord. As we go through life, God will prepare and equip us completely for the call and purpose He created us for. And as we respond to His leading in our lives and allow Him to transform and shape us we will see that our steps are being lovingly ordered (Psalm 37:23). Everything we go through is preparing us for the next thing that is ultimately preparing us for our destiny!
So beloved remember, as Micah 7:8 says, “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” If you question your ability to sustain this path on their own and if you are sitting in darkness of unbelief, let the Lord be the light you need through His precepts and His holy Spirit. He will help you make it to the path or back to the path. We will hear a voice behind us saying “This is the way out,” and back to His path, we will find the satisfaction of soul our hearts yearn for. When God shines His light into your heart, may I encourage you to examine yourself in the light of God’s Word. Rejoice in your personality and let your boots on the ground change the world!
Love and prayers,