Have you grown complacent in your service to God? This question is both insulting and disturbing. It is insulting to the hard working pastor who is giving his best in service to God. It is disturbing to the person who has slid into a pit of complacency. To the pastor who is doing his best, it is a warning to guard against the drift into complacency. To the pastor who has drifted into a complacent spirit it is a wakeup call.
As I pondered this subject I remembered a text I studied years ago. “Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.” (Jer. 48:11) Moab had become stagnant. Jeremiah described a people who had become complacent, arrogant and satisfied. This verse describes a people who developed a complacent attitude toward God. There was more of a rebellious arrogance and complacency, as we know it. However, the complacent attitude is an affront to God, regardless of your heritage.
What causes pastors to become complacent in their place of service? Consider the following reasons: .
- A feeling of hopelessness in the place where you serve and the people with whom you serve
- Discouragement because of personal issues such as health and family issues
- Weariness at fighting battles that contribute nothing to the kingdom
- The process of aging
- A lack of vision from God
- Viewing ministry through man’s eyes rather than God’s eyes
- A burned out, depressed individual
We must individually evaluate the condition of our hearts. However, there are certain questions we should ask ourselves if we think we have grown complacent.
- Have I stopped trying new things?
- Have I stopped growing?
- Have I read any good books lately?
- Have I been spiritually challenged lately?
- Have I tried anything out of my comfort zone recently?
- Have I lost the desire to make a difference?
- Have I stopped challenging others around me?
- Have I become satisfied with the status quo?
I once heard someone say “a rut is a grave with both ends knocked out.” Complacency is one of the worst forms of ruts. It is also very close to a grave. It is my desire that you and I function with vision, passion, and enthusiasm. Life is too short to wallow in complacency.