Abandon the Complacent Christian Life
During a recent Bible study, my husband asked an unusual question: “how many people here need to be revived?” Hmmm…during Bible study, I sit in the front row, so I couldn’t see if any hands behind raised, but before I could even think about it; I raised mine. I’ve felt like a complacent Christian for some time and I knew I needed revival in my spirit.
Plus, I have NOTHING to prove to anyone and no one to impress. Who cares who saw my hand raise or what they thought!
The funny thing about it is I raised my hand almost subconsciously. That’s when you know a response is the real deal…when it’s automatic.
Anway, a little later, my husband then asked how we needed to be revived?
That one stumped me.
I just knew there was a part of me that was wanting, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Do you know what I mean?
As others answered the question, I whispered in my heart to God: “Lord, where do I need revival?”
Scripture to ponder:
“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold…” Rev. 3:16
Being a seasoned Christian and Complacency
As I type this, I’m soon approaching my twenty-second year of following Jesus Christ!
I’ve enjoyed the amazing highs of living the Christian life.
But do know; I have also endured plummeting depths of pain, sorry and rejection along my journey as a Christian woman.
In my opinion, as with any relationship, your relationship with the Lord will be full of soaring high peaks and some very low valleys.
I had been through a lot. I know who I am in the Lord and who He is to me; still, I need revival in my soul.
This chick got lazy; comfortable
and complacent in her faith walk.
Don’t get too cozy in your relationship with the Lord and be a complacent Christian.
Similar to our “natural” relationships with our husbands, boyfriends and friends, we can become “comfortable” in our Christian walk.
Do you know what I mean?
Let me explain: the same blessings that used to surprise us and invigorate us can become commonplace and “ordinary” over time.
For instance, remember when you first met the love of your life?
If you were like me, you couldn’t eat, sleep or even talk about him without a bubbling sensation down in your belly.
Then, as time goes on, his conversation dulled, his smile became “normal” and his embrace was just “okay”.
Maybe he changed. Or, maybe you just got comfortable.
The same can happen with our walk with Jesus.
If we’re not careful, we lose the passion for the Lord that once invigorated us and kept us waking up early to pray.
It’s true, right?
If you’re not careful, the Bible can lose it’s wonder and we may begin to take it for granted.
Our prayer time becomes shortened little by little. It seems “dry” and repetitive so you ask “why bother?”
The praise songs that once painted vivid pictures of your personal gratitude become praise and worship “as usual”.
Don’t be a complacent Christian!
Stay forever in awe of Jesus!
Christian woman, hold fast to your child-like wonder pertaining to the things of God.
Never take for granted the awesome fact that when you kneel to pray, your heavenly Father meets you there with openness, attentiveness and acceptance.
Remind yourself of this often.
Don’t forget who you are either!
Ponder your short-comings – not to the point of depression – but, to the point of immense gratitude knowing God loves you in spite of all those things!
Remember your true nature of wretchedness and deep-seated sinfulness. Sure, you’re redeemed, but remember who you are on the daily. It’s not pretty. Never forget that.
Remembering your frailty, sinful tendencies and weakness: YELL from your spirit “THANK YOU, JESUS FOR LOVING ME!!!!!”
Yeah, worship Him with “baby Christian” excitement.
A quick and honest look backward (and inward) will generate that a sentiment once again for ya!
Ignite your passion with fresh worship and spontaneous praise!
When a song “rings” in your heart, run to YouTube (or where ever you get your music) and just praise Him!!!
His mercies are indeed fresh every morning.
His forgiveness has given you life!
It’s given you a fresh start!
It’s given you FORGIVENESS!
We become comfortable and complacent Christians because we forget these things.
We forget where God brought us from.
We forget who we REALLY are on the inside…deep down in the hollows of our hearts.
Don’t forget and become a complacent Christian.
That sort of spiritual amnesia is lethal to your Christian walk. It kills your excitement about Jesus.
Take a journey down memory lane, Girl and cultivate a fresh passion for Jesus and what He’s done in you and through you.
Only then will we go from glory to glory!
Only then will we be truly revived in spirit and in mind!
What is Christian Revival?