Jan. 26, 2018

Complacency

For our churches to be on mission, we must understand the mission field lies outside of the church walls. If our churches are going to be relevant, our members must minister to the world instead of enjoying the view from the inside pew.

If we desire our nation to be one nation under God, the effort starts with God’s people. Our goal shouldn’t be to change those around us. Our goal should be to watch God change us. Every. Single. Day. Our mission is to testify about our significant changes. The more we remain the same, the farther away the world becomes.

It is the church’s complacency that threatens Christ’s work in the world. He is greater than all our fears; yet, He is only as powerful as we allow Him to be in our lives. Preaching has very little value if we ignore the needs of the listener. Missionaries from long ago learned that no one heard the gospel message until their empty stomachs were filled, the tears were dried from their eyes, their anger was given a forum to be heard, and they witness God’s love ooze from the actions of those who claim to love Him.

Our greatest threat to our faith is our own complacency. It isn’t a matter of screaming our message loudly or making sure the government upholds our beliefs. Our fervor is seen in the unspoken word signaled through our outstretched hands. Jesus did not come into the world to serve the government. He certainly never expected the government to serve Him. He never called us to change government. He calls us to be the change agents that strengthen the world around us. Not by making the world more religious but by inviting its inhabitants to know Him. When a lost world sees Jesus’ heart in our eyes and actions, we will see one nation under God. He promises it. If we lift Him up, He draws all men to Himself (John 12:32).

Our complacency is interfering with the work He must accomplish before He comes again. Let’s wise up before we rise up. He invites us to become part of His mission. The more complacent we become, the greater the threat.

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused to listen,
  and I have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when terror strikes you,
when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
    they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge
    and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
 
would have none of my counsel
    and despised all my reproof,
 
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
    and have their fill of their own devices.
For the simple are killed by their turning away,
    and the complacency of fools destroys them;
but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
    and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”