We are complacent people. We are unconcerned, unimpressed, and halfhearted when it comes to our walks with the Lord. We get so wrapped up in self that we overlook God moving here and now. So it was no surprise to me that when I looked up the definitions of complacent and complacency that all the synonyms and related words are words like lukewarm or words that have ‘self’ at the beginning of them. This is what the Devil wants, for us to be so wrapped up in self that we are blinded to God’s glory around us!
Friends, hear me out, we DIED to SELF. Jesus specifically tells us in Matthew that to follow him we must deny ourselves and pick up our cross; that if we live for self in this life, we will ultimately lose it. He will spit us out if we are lukewarm; he wants nothing to do with people who have one foot in and one foot out. I don’t know about you, but not only do I not want to be spit out by God, but life is too short to live a lukewarm life!
We have Jesus! We were chosen by The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, even when we spat in his face and turned our backs! WE have the LIFE, WE have THE answer, yet we sit in the routine of church and devos and forget that we must GO! We are supposed to be the ones in the middle of the desolate, crap filled, hopeless corners of the earth shining God’s light! If we don’t go, who will?
Remember the song This Little Light of Mine? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Hide it under a basket? NO!” Often we hide ourselves in this community of light, which can be great and important and needed, but if we stay in the light and never go, how else is the rest of the world supposed to get lit?
Yet we sit in indifference, lulled, complacent, so self focused WE FORGET THIS LIFE IS A BREATH! You aren’t promised tomorrow and there’s only so much preparing one can do before stepping out. Because at the end of the day, living a life of full reliance on God means God will pull you through, NOT you! YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!
We get so stuck in routine and this bubble of christian culture that not only is our relationship with the Lord dead, but people see us and think, “Well you speak of His radical pursuit but I’m not seeing squat in reality. I don’t see you trust Him or put Him before all things and honestly, you aren’t really on fire for this guy. So why in the world would I leave my comfortable life for something you say is so good, yet here you are living in the same fear and self-deprecation and desolation that I am?”
Jesus left His perfection to reach us, the ultimate sinners. He came for us, the ones who blatantly sent him to death; for the ones who covered up their sin with beautiful words and adornment. He reached into the darkest corners that we constantly overlook, to show people the radical and reckless love that He so freely gives!
So if Jesus gave radically, recklessly, and fully, then why aren’t we? We were once sinners, yet He chased us down! We still fail Him, yet He still calls us closer. So who are we to live for self? To live halfheartedly? To live with excuse after excuse not to go after the ones who aren’t cleaned up? We are just as broken, just as dirty. We have no excuse!
So beloved, I don’t know about you, but I can’t live with one foot in and one foot out. I can’t be an onlooker. I can’t sit in this self mindset any longer because lives are at stake! This love and hope and life weren’t mine to begin with, so why should I hold onto it so selfishly any longer?