COMPLACENCY is a feeling of contentment or security, often while unaware of some imminent potential danger and the Bible has much to say about it. Proverbs 1:32 says “For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.” (Proverbs 1:32).
In essence, complacency is false security. In Luke 12:16-20 (The Message) we read:
Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘what can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’ “Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight, you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?
Complacency makes you passive rather than active
Do you know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? A thermometer only reads the atmosphere, while a thermostat works to change it. It’s not enough to look at your world, your community, your workplace, or your family and say, “Yeah, that’s the way it is, or everything will be ok.” That is false security!
We are called by God to engage our environment as change agents. “For we are God’s workmanship…His thermostat!… created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Complacency kills spirituality
Complacency kills our spiritual hunger! It stops us from reaching our full potential and prevents us from enjoying our walk with God. Complacent people will allow other things and even other people, to crowd out their time with God.
How hungry are you for a closer walk with God? How much do you crave and desire to be with your Heavenly Father? Hunger is what drives athletes to reach their goal and become a winner. It is what drives students to excel and get on the honor roll. Hunger is what drives people to practice and become better at using their God-given talents.
What kind of hunger do you have?
• Is it a hunger for this world, or a hunger for God?
• Is it a hunger to see people set free, healed and delivered? • Is it a hunger to see souls saved?
The amount of hunger we have is going to dictate how much spiritual growth and power we will have operating in our lives. Complacency will cause us to miss out on the fullness of God’s plan for our lives.
We are given these words of instruction in Hebrews 6:12: “We do not want you to grow disinterested and become spiritual sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are now inheriting the promises.”
So why does the author of Hebrews admonish us to not become lazy or complacent? Because he does not want us to miss out on the abundant life that God has for us. We have to push through, persevere and continue daily to develop an intimate relationship with our Father.
When we stop praying, reading and studying God’s Word, applying His teachings to our lives, we better be very cautious because we have entered a very dangerous place. Some Christians today are even complacent about the return of Christ. His Word warns us to be ready, alert and prepared for that occasion.
As Mark 13:32-37 says: “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore, stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!”
Complacency kills relationships
Sometimes couples are too content with their marriage. Believe it or not, this is a bad thing because it can create complacency. Marital complacency is kind of subtle because often times the couple doesn’t realize that there was even a problem until the damage has been done.
When people get married, they tend to relax and bask in the glow of their new-found happiness. Then, for many, they start to coast; and if they are not careful, the relationship can quickly become routine, mundane and, well, complacent. Most common marriage problems, such as complacency, boredom, infidelity, and lack of trust, occur when we fail to spend time with our spouse.
To make marriage work, we need to be intentional about investing effort and energy into our marriage, or else watch it crumble away before our very eyes. It only takes a small thoughtful gesture to show that you still love your spouse.
In addition to these little gestures, you should compliment your spouse regularly. Let your spouse know that you love, respect and cherish them – and that you are glad to be with them – and are so happy that they are in your life. Touch hands when you pass one another around the house, kiss one another hello and goodbye, hold hands when you are walking and hug each other warmly every day.
Marital complacency is a sneaky little problem. Never assume that you and your spouse know each other so well that you don’t need to work on your relationship. All marriages require loving nurture and care to flourish in order to yield a lifetime of joy and happiness.
Five Steps to defeating Complacency
- The first thing we need to do is to repent of our complacency;
- Determine to get back on track and stay there no matter the cost;
- We should get into the practice of praying every day, reading and studying His word, and spending quality time with God;
- Set goals and objectives, and review them periodically; and
- Be active and not passive.
This post from GOD TV’s CEO, Ward Simpson is an extract from his New Year’s Message at Church of His Presence on Sunday December 30 and will be aired on Church With GOD TV soon, in its entirety.