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Complacency

October 28h daily blog devotional by Seth Swindall and Keith Wayne Edwards

Read:


Galatians 6:9

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary"


Luke 12:35


“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.



Numbness can cause complacency in your life. You can grow cold to what once motivated you. For example, a surgeon, on his first day of surgery, probably has to deal with many emotions and fears. He may even be a little queasy. Over time, though, he is no longer affected by the condition of his patients. He has grown numb to the problems around him and simply performs a robotic task.

Let me give you another personal example. The summer following my junior year of high school I became a lifeguard at the local pool in my hometown. I remember going through the crash course class and having to pass all of the physical and written tests, proving that I, in the case of an emergency, could save a life in trouble. To this day I still remember my first official day of work and my first shift on top of the stand, overlooking the water filled with people whose lives were now in my hands. I was so attentive and focused, keeping count of every head and every person in and out of the pool. I simply knew the moment I became complacent and lost focus a swimmer might go under and drown and I was not going to allow that to happen during my time on the stand. I left that day stressed and worn out from the pressure of having so many lives in my hands. Of course, as time progressed through the summer, I became comfortable and more at ease with my responsibilities. I daydreamed a little more, paid more attention to friends, and was more concerned about what was going on after work than who was in the pool. I was growing numb and was not as attentive and focused as I should have been to what was going on around me. (Now, just to clarify…I did a good job and no one ever drowned on my watch…I even had the opportunity to save a life. Needless to say, I have learned a lot about my Christian life from those couple of summers of lifeguarding…)

The danger with growing numb is that you can’t feel. You no longer have the ability to sense what is going on around you. I don’t know if your hand, arm, or another part of your body has lost feeling, if so you will understand this idea. Because you can’t feel…you don’t know when you hurt yourself or those around you. Complacency caused by numbness in your own life can do real damage to you, your family, and those around you, and the great danger is…you don’t realize it.

The Bible says in Romans 12 (The Message), “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Over time, if we are not careful, we can become numb, desensitized to what is going on around us, and lose focus and our God-given internal drive to make a difference. I don’t know about you, but when I have an arm or leg ‘go to sleep,’ I have to give it a good shake to return blood flow to it so that the sensitivity and feeling can return. Some of our lives need a good shaking to return the flow of God’s Holy Spirit into our lives so that we can again be driven individuals moved by compassion to effectively make a difference in the world around us.



Pastor Seth

comment by Keith Edwards

Many Christians have become complacent today in this generation we are living in. Haggai the prophet tells the Jews to consider their ways. They have become numb to the voice of God. We have become numb to what we are really here for. The Jews started the rebuilding of the temple by laying the foundation, but after the King stopped the rebuilding by the Samaritans, the Jews got complacent and lost hope of ever completing the temple. They were more concerned about "their" houses, and their lives that the temple of God laid in ruins. Doesn't that sound like us today? We are more concerned about our own lives that we have let a blanket cover the light of Christ from within us. The light is now very dim and as Seth mentioned, "sensitivity and feeling can return. Some of our lives need a good shaking to return the flow of God’s Holy Spirit into our lives so that we can again be driven individuals moved by compassion to effectively make a difference in the world around us." I want to encourage you today to consider your ways, and let's keep that lamp burning and not lose heart. Lets all as living stones do an inventory of our lives. Let's not let the shaking of God that is in the works scare us and keep us in a hopeless situation, but let's let the shaking motivate us to advance God's kingdom, make disciples, and do the works that God wants us to do as the "Body" of Christ. Let's pray.


Prayer:


Lord, we come to you with a serious heart. Forgive us for putting things before you, and not letting that growth by your grace change us. Lord, give us a revelation of hope today, and that you will take care of us as we trust you. You spoke that you were with Moses, Joshua, Paul, and many more, and you are with us today as well. Break the spirit of complacency, and birth in us again your power and your spirit to carry on the great journey of building together as your pure bride, amen.




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