Christ is not a sermon, a concept, or a curriculum. He’s the living God who wants to daily live His life in and thru you. Spiritual complacency is sin. “Seek first the kingdom of God.” Christians are called to be passionate about the living Jesus, not to be complacent about Him. Spiritual complacency is the opposite of biblical Christianity.
When Christianity was turned into a religion of quiet complacency, it lost its early fire, passion, excitement, and enthusiasm. A lecture is a poor substitute for conscious contact with the living Jesus. Words about Him shouldn’t replace encounter with Him. When Christianity is presented as passive and impractical, people don’t get excited. When they encounter the living Jesus, they do!
If preaching doesn’t connect people with the risen Jesus and inspire them to follow Him, it has fallen far short of its purpose. To present Christianity as a powerless religious form, rather than demonstrating it as Christ’s transforming power, is misleading. When complacency is interrupted, you may notice that many things in your life are in the wrong place.
A lesson for churches: Food demonstrators let people experience samples, they don’t just lecture people and send them away. To say you believe in Jesus, yet neglect to follow and obey Him daily, is like saying you believe in vitamins, but not taking them.
Nominal Christianity is when easy-believe-ism is substituted for total commitment to the living Jesus. It’s difficult for Christians to grow spiritually if they’re not released and encouraged to seek and follow Jesus, for themselves.
God’s love invites you to come close to the risen Jesus and humbly surrender your heart and your will to Him. When the uncertainty of life collapses your confidence in the things that you have trusted, call on Christ to live in and thru you.
The more darkness is accepted and embraced, the more vision diminishes. Early Christianity wasn’t used to support the world’s values and political systems, but to provide an alternative to them.
The body of Christ is called to be spiritually and morally aligned with the risen Jesus, while being ethnically and racially diverse. Ancient Israel had separate tribes, but the body of Christ is called to be one.
Preacher/teacher dependency can make Christians vulnerable to false teachers. Read the Bible and listen to God for yourself.