Ah! So you are feeling rich! You are feeling full! You have arrived! Now, there is no difference between you (Christians) and the non-Christians (Corinthians) anymore! Paul sarcastically said to the Christians in Corinth. He warned them to stop being complacent as this leads to a dangerous road. Just like the Corinthians, some of you may also be feeling a little too comfortable where you are. You may believe that your current spiritual level is “good enough”, going to church is “good enough”, barely reading your bible is “good enough”, barely praying is “good enough” or even just being nice is “good enough”. Know that it is not good enough for God. God wants you and I to always do more than what we are doing. Make plans to grow and serve God more.
Being satisfied with where you are leads to complacency. When you are complacent, the devil’s deceit creeps in, compromise creeps in, prayerlessness creeps in, you become more and more insensitive in your relationship with God, and that begins a downward slope to destruction. The book of Revelation (Revelation 3:15-17) tells us how God reacts to Christians who are complacent. It says, “… because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Imagine the feeling you get when you put something unpleasant in your mouth and you are forced to spit it right out. Do you want God to have that same reaction every time he sees the way you live your life?
I want you to briefly rate yourself. Assume that 1 = Cold (You are all about the devil, devil worshipping and obedient to him); and 2 = Hot (You are all about God, worshipping God and being obedient to him). What number describes you the most? Are you telling yourself that you are not quite 2 & you are definitely not 1? If you feel that way, now is the time to do something about it. Being lukewarm/complacent is not acceptable to God. God says in Revelation 3:17, “For you say I am rich, …not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked”.
God needs your 100% dedication to him. He wants you to walk in absolute faith and obedience to him. God desires to have a strong relationship with you. Start today by making plans on how to improve your relationship with God so that walking in faith and being obedient will become a part of you.
Prayer: Have mercy on me, Lord. Give me the drive to always want to achieve more. Give me the spirit to devote myself to you and to be obedient to you. Give me grace to achieve all that You have in store for me. Amen.