Complacency is a deadly foe of spiritual growth. AW Tozer said this in his book, “The Pursuit of God”. When I actually stop to think about it, I find that is absolutely true. And we are all getting to be pretty complacent. As a matter of fact, we tend to look at those who practicing diligence and we call them “fanatics”, or “going too far”. Nope, it’s not really going too far, we just don’t want others to make us look bad so we try to turn the tables on them and hopefully persuade them to back off because they are influenced by what we think instead of what God thinks.
Our pleasure should be in God, not in things. Deuteronomy 10:9 “Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, just as the Lord your God promised him.” How many ministers, evangelists and preachers do you know who seem to be very well taken care of (if you know what I mean)? I can think of a few who seem very sincere in their love for God but seem to have more extravagances than your average Joe. While I certainly can’t condemn the extravagances, I have to wonder what message does it send and are we making room for Satan to waltz right in and take over without our realizing it? I read a lot of comments from people who have voiced their opinions about several prominent preachers and teachers, calling them hypocritical and false, just because of the things they have. Some of those things may be viewed as necessary but some of those things (a Rolls Royce?) is really kind of too much.
The problem is, in my opinion, the fact that we feel we have to meet the world’s expectations. First we must appear to be prosperous, otherwise, how will we attract others to God? Well that’s a crock if I ever heard one. What attracts people to God is our evidence of peace and love for each other, not our things.Second, we must make our schedules coordinate with the convenience of the world. Schedule this meeting for this weekend and fly across the world to make the next scheduled meeting, wear ourselves out in order to please the masses. Seriously? I don’t recall reading anywhere of Jesus looking at His watch saying we must hurry or we will be late….it simply didn’t happen.
Jesus allowed the time to be God’s and moved at His pace, all the while praying and staying in close to His Father. He never let the masses influence Him to the point where He lost any control. When the crowds got out of hand, he slipped away. Luke 5:15-16 However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
He made time to stay in touch with God and made the crowds wait. He sacrificed His rest in order to spend time with God. He sacrificed His meals in order to stay close to God. He everything He knew to do in order to keep God first. You know people offered Him material things so He would pay special attention to them, that’s how people are. What do you think He said to them? I would imagine, quite bluntly He would say, “You have your focus in the wrong place. No one can help you while you value these things so highly above the Lord your God”.
Well, I know this hasn’t been much of an organized writing, but this has been on my mind and what I got to study this morning. It has really sent a message to me and I wanted to get it out there so I would be able to remember it always. Ya’ll have a great day!