1 Corinthians 9:27 – But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (ESV)
To be complacent is a feeling of satisfaction with how things are and not make them better. When we relate this to our walk with Christ, we mostly become self-righteous with a sense of spiritual attainment. But there is no limit to growing in faith. Whenever we let loose, we become complacent and “Complacency precedes gradual declination.” Studying the life of Paul, who was an epitome of success in both career and ministry, one would have thought that he had every reason to relax, yet see what he said in Philippians 3:13-14:
“Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
Beloved, the truth is that for many Christians, powerful words as the above are encouraging because we have good intentions about our spiritual life and growth. But somewhere along the line, we realise that these intentions are mere thoughts with no actions. Therefore, we remain complacent and undeveloped!
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE?
1. Acknowledge that life is a process, and no man can be perfect in his ways. Thus:
a. We need God always (2 Peter 3:17-18)
b. Seek support from experienced people (Proverbs 11:14).
2. Take an active step – have a plan for your career and spiritual exercise, but be subject to the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)
3. Watch, pray and fast often (Luke 21:36) to guard against undue contentment, as Paul affirmed in our Bible reading.
Hymn: Christian, seek not yet repose – Charlotte Elliott (1836)
1. Father, I acknowledge my vulnerability. Please, help me keep standing in Your will, power and wisdom.
1. Jesus, the God of all possibilities! Please, make my impossibility possible.
2. Father, in this second half of 2021, please show me the way of my progress.
3. Lord, bless me, my family and the Church beyond what man can comprehend.
GOD BLESS YOU!
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