4 Signs of Spiritual Complacency


Last Sunday I preached from Revelation 3:14-22. In this text we see a letter written to the church at Laodicea. It’s claim to fame, according to Christ is that they were “lukewarm.”

This lukewarmness is a spiritual condition that apparently, Jesus can’t stand. Another name for it might be “complacency.” Complacency is not contentment. Where contentment is finding joy in the blessings of walking with God, complacency has stopped walking.

In the message I shared 4 signs of complacency. I know these aren’t exhaustive, but maybe they will make each of us ask, “am I becoming complacent?”

1. Complacency comes from a higher view of self than what God determines to be true.
In other words, we think we are doing okay spiritually when in fact, we are not. We compare ourselves with others, or even with our past failures and we sense success. Instead, Scripture encourages us to compare ourselves with the holiness of Jesus.

2. Complacency is rooted in an attitude of self-sufficiency. We tend to think we can handle life and what it brings us. We trust in our own ability to understand, decide and act. We believe that constant dependence on God is either a dream or a nightmare, but not a reality we should experience.

3. Complacency is revealed when we are comfortable in the culture in which we live. A disciple of Jesus is never comfortable this side of heaven. When we align ourselves too closely with political philosophies, groups, systems, lifestyles, we stop thinking and evaluating critically and spiritually. If we are too settled, we no longer strive for the Kingdom of God and what it promises.

4. Complacency comes from spiritual satisfaction without a real spiritual awareness. We are okay with Jesus saving us. But we don’t understand life with Him. We claim the victory of forgiveness of sin, but we don’t live in constant repentance and confession. We pray for shallow tangible blessings, but not spiritual victories over the forces of darkness.

What is the danger of complacency?
1. We no longer have intimacy with Christ.
2. We are no longer part of His purposes.
3. We are no longer prepared for the future that is coming! And it is coming!

Have you been complacent?
What have you done to get out of complacency?

Here is a blog I wrote in response to our spiritual complacency. It is Spiritual Complacency Reversed.

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