Complacency can lead to lukewarm faith
I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.
This week I have become very aware of the potential of me becoming complacent because of the opportunities God presents in my life. In a small group this week I listened as one person declared “I come her to see Archie, because he won’t lie to me, even when I don’t want to hear what he has to say.” Another related how I had shared with him the love I have of being in the Church at Melbourne Project 614, sitting alone, up on the balcony and listening to the Holy Spirit. He said “I don’t believe the Holy Spirit is in the building I believe He is in you.”
I realized as I sat down last night to do my daily inventory the potential to make it all about me. I stopped and I prayed ‘Lord, help me, in all of my dealings with others to give glory to You!’
It is easy for us all, as we grow in recovery and faith to concentrate more on self, than Him if we are not careful.
The verses above point out that God knows us inside out and He is not going to be impressed with lukewarm faith, with us putting self before others, or self before God.
Today it is my prayer that when people look at me and all that has changed in me and in my life they will not see me but see Jesus, the One True Higher Power.
By myself I am nothing, my Lord and Savior does the work.