Life is full of victories and failures. Full of possibilities and brick walls. Full of dreams and reality.
The dreams that many had going into or coming out of college, about how they would change the world, eventually collide with the reality of the mundane.
There are too many people who become overwhelmed and overcome by the necessary, but not-so-glamorous, parts of life; the bills, the decisions, the jobs “we don’t want to work, but have to take until something comes along that we REALLY want to do”, the uncertain terrain of relationships that we traverse, hoping that we’ll stumble into “the one”.
All of us experience these struggles at one point or another.
Each season of life we are walking through has the incredible potential to be exciting and life changing!
There are so many opportunities that lie before us.
However, there is an enemy that seeks to upset our dreams and destroy any hope that we could ever be used for anything greater than ourselves.
That enemy is complacency.
The definition of complacency is: a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like.
Complacency’s favorite mode of attack is a subtle ambush. I don’t know anyone who woke up one morning and decided “I’m going to become complacent”. Instead, this enemy wins one small, seemingly unimportant battle after another until it has finally taken up residence in the heart. Before I know it, there is a feeling of “quiet pleasure or security” as I settle for less than my full potential.
This security thrives in my comfort zones. It doesn’t help that we are surrounded by a culture that preaches self-satisfaction and encourages chasing after the American Dream, which is beginning to look more and more like complete apathy. Complacency breeds apathy.
In the previously mentioned definition of complacency, it states that complacency brings about “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like.” What is this danger? What is so terrible about complacency? About being comfortable?
It’s because deep down, at the core of our being, all of us want to be apart of something that makes a lasting difference. We want our short experience on this spinning ball of matter to mean something. We want to be world-changers, and it scares us to think that this all might be wasted!
The most terrifying thing I can imagine is that I might very easily believe the lie that I can’t make a difference and give in to complacency.
This lie stems from our fears and insecurities, which themselves, stem from a lack of trust in our Father. At the root of our insecurity is a seed of doubt that tells us that maybe we aren’t REALLY “God’s masterpiece” and maybe He hasn’t REALLY “created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Too many times I read the book of Acts like a history book instead of a living, breathing example of what we, as God’s masterpieces, are capable of through the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in us! Those Christ-followers were world-changers, literally! Even unbelievers recognized something special about those Christians and identified them as “These men who have turned the world upside down…” (Acts 17:6)
I don’t want to look back on my life when I’m 50 years older and see wasted years and complacency and apathy.
I’m going to dig down deep and uproot the selfishness and pride and insecurities and fears that give power to this subtle enemy. I’m going to believe that the promises I find in God’s Word are true.
I believe that “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11)
I believe that “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises.” (2 Peter 1:3, 4a)