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The Plague of Complacency
August 23, 2019, 4:45 AM

And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.’” Revelation 3:1-2 (ESV)

One of the things I learned while growing up in the Alaskan wilderness was that complacency can kill. When someone becomes complacent, they stop trying to learn or grow. It is inevitable that this will lead to backsliding. Rather than time and routine making one better, it makes he or she worse and less able to handle changes.

This is true for Christians as well. Complacency is a plague that is sweeping through our churches. Nearly every church I have been in has had members who were complacent. They were stuck in a routine of go to church, go home, forget everything. I know because, as the old adage goes, “It takes one to know one”. It is easy to go from being on fire for God to being indifferent. This doesn’t happen over night. It happens when we miss that first day of spending time with God. It happens when we make an excuse so we don’t feel bad about neglecting Bible reading and prayer. It happens over time. And though we may say we want more of God, the truth is we are satisfied with where we are.

That was the issue with the church in Sardis. They were satisfied with where they were. They had works and they had a reputation. Both of those things, from the inside looking out, felt like enough. But God was not satisfied with that church. And, if we are to be honest, He is likely not satisfied with most of us. The masquerade that we have gotten so good at is not fooling Him. He knows our works. He knows that when we stand and sing, we are thinking about the upcoming meeting at work. He knows that when we are volunteering to serve the food, it is for the praise of man. He knows that when we read His Word, we are doing it just to say we did. He knows our works.

Complacency is a plague that is destroying our churches. It is a plague that is destroying our families. It is a plague that is destroying our relationship with God. 

What is the cure? The cure is to, “Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep it, and repent” (Revelation 3:3a). Remember, Christian. Not just today; every day. Remember Christ and Him crucified. Remember His suffering for your sins. Remember that “you were dead in you sins and trespasses…but God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us…made us alive together with Christ.” Remember the love you had at first. Remember, Christian, remember. And repent daily from your complacency. For if you do not remember, and if you refuse to repent, Christ will come like a thief in the night; you wont be ready for Him. Your works, works that are found to not be complete in the sight of God, will be burned up and you will suffer loss, though you may be saved, but only as one who escapes through the fire (1 Corinthians 3:15). 

But if we remember, and if we repent, we will be ready for Him. If we remember and repent, our churches will have life breathed back into them, our families will be lead to worship God, our desire will be to “love the LORD our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind”. Remember the Gospel, dear Christian. Let it be your daily meditation. And repent of your complacency.

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