Summary: A sermon that looks at the serious scriptural warnings against Complacancy in the Christian life.
In matters of faith there are any number of reasons for doing things.
Some act out of habit, others expectations or personal desire.
Others, decide that there is time enough for such matters of faith - and live as they please preferring to delay considering God rather treating him like a life boat on a ship.
Speaking of lifeboats - did you know that there were lifeboats on the ship the Titanic enough to accomodate all the passengers but it was felt that they clutterred up the ship so half of them were dispensed with?
After all the ship was unsinkable - Complacancy didn’t slip in - it rushed in.
Here is another example from politics:-
"My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds." ATTRIBUTION: Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940), British politician, prime minister. speech, Sept. 30, 1938, Downing Street, London.
Today I want to talk about the final issue in our Prayer action Plan:-
A dictionary meaning:- A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
An instance of contented self-satisfaction.
The inward complacence we find in acting reasonably and virtuously. --Atterbury.
Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacency, if they discover none of the like in themselves. --Addison.
Complacancy is a problem. It is a problem not only in our everyday lives but also in matters of faith - which if we are prudent will be everyday life anyway.
Let us read from Proverbs.
Prov 1:28-33 (NIV) "They will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat of the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
Here we find three possible positions where we can live our Christian lives.
Only one of these positions is really a safe way where we can truly be at ease.
Let’s look at it using an Acrostic SAFE this morning.
The first position is:-
Simple:- The waywardness.of the Simple. . For the waywardness of the simple will kill them
LK 17:26 "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
LK 17:28 "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.