it’s easy to get complacent

3 10 2009

I’ve noticed that sometimes we can get complacent, even when we’re trying to do what’s right.  We can still be in love with God, doing what He called us to do, and attending church regularly, yet still get somewhat complacent.  I realized this had happened to me recently.  Thankfully God showed me how I need to raise the bar, to aim for more and expect more.

Part of the reason this happens is just our human nature, that we’re battling our own self-will and crucifying it.   But we all have a ways to go.  We may have made great progress in becoming like Christ, and maintained that progress, but then if we stop growing, we plateau — we stay at the same level.  Getting to where we are now might be a huge achievement, looking at what we’ve overcome and how we’ve changed for the better.  But we must not stop, because there’s still a lot more to change.

Another reason we tend to slow down in our spiritual growth is because of the standard of “Christianity” around us, and that we naturally compare ourselves to others (which we shouldn’t do).   I think this is a big problem in America (and I’m in the “Bible Belt”).   What does it mean to be an on-fire, sold-out Christian?  What is a great church like?  Think about those questions.  If your church has a few people getting excited during the services and it sees a few people get saved each year, is it doing really good?  If someone gets emotionally excited about God and actually talks about Him to other people, are they fired-up?   How high are we setting the bar?

This is what I’ve felt convicted about lately.  I still love God and am serving Him, but how high am I aiming?   I know, the standard is supposed to be Jesus Christ, to live like Him and be like Him and to know Him.  And the standard for the Church is the book of Acts.  It’s easy to acknowledge these things, but sometimes it’s harder to see it happening.   It takes faith, which seems to be more difficult to believe for ourselves, because we know all about our own shortcomings and failures.   But God wants each of us to be very intimate with Him, and to walk in His power.   Can you picture yourself walking in the power of God, seeing supernatural miracles worked through your ministry?  That’s what we should be aiming for.   Can you see your church in revival, with services lasting hours longer because the people are so passionate about God they don’t want to leave, and thousands of people getting saved each year?  That’s what our churches should be aiming for (and then some).

Like I said, this can be hard to believe for ourselves and our church.  But we must remember it’s not by our power and might that this can happen — it’s the power of God.  We just have to believe and do our absolute best.  And speaking of doing our absolute best, that means there’s a cost to us.   We have to give up things — even things that aren’t sinful in themselves — to grow.  We’ll have to make some changes to how we think and see things and what we do.  Our life won’t be about us anymore — it’ll be about God and ministering to others.  Are we willing to pay the price?

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