We have been looking at signs of spiritual complacency with the intent that we may identify its various manifestations and stop it before it takes root.
Previously, we saw that 'lack of anticipation' is a sign of complacency and that it is capable of limiting the effect of an encounter with God.
Today, we look at another sign of complacency - Impatience & Indifference.
Listen, you merchants who rob the poor, trampling on the needy; you who long for the Sabbath to end and the religious holidays to be over so you can get out and start cheating again—using your weighted scales and under-sized measures;
Amos 8: 4 - 5 TLB
Impatience: the quality of not wanting to put up with or wait for something
Indifference: lack of interest. The quality of not caring about or being interested in something
Another sign of complacency is impatience and indifference. A spiritually hungry individual is not concerned with how long he would have to wait to get an answer from God. He is more focused on the answer he desires than on the cost/price of getting it.
Sometimes getting the revelations and truths we desire requires paying the price of time in waiting, searching the scripture and worship. It takes commitment (fueled by hunger) to go through this process without giving up mid-way through.
When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.
Jeremiah 29: 13 MSG
O how many times new creatures have decided to spend a few hours, days, weeks, etc. in fellowship. They begin the process dutifully but along the way just give up (get distracted, as we prefer to call it). Sometimes, they are so close to getting to that next level.
What's at the root of this problem? You guessed right. It is fundamentally a lack of hunger
We can with all certainty say we are spiritually complacent if:
Our thought, during any meeting, is "when would this meeting be over?"
We are itching for the end of any fellowship session
We are time conscious rather than God-conscious
We would rather be somewhere else than fellowship with God
We engage in spiritual activities out of necessity/compulsion rather than free-will
Are you hungry or complacent?
* Malachi 1:13
* Psalm 122: 1
* Psalm 27: 4
* Psalm 84: 10