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Summary: Dealing with the sin of complacency. Christians have become so comfortable in life that they have no hurry for the things of God.

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Why the hurry?

Illustration: There was a group of wild geese from North India flying across the farm lands of Karnataka. But as the geese flew one of the birds saw some other geese in the ground near a pond. So he decided to fly down and thus separated from his group. The other geese on the pond soon accepted the newcomer and he became part of the flock. The problem was that the Karnataka geese was a different breed, they were heavy birds and could not fly.

He stayed for a week, then a month, and then it turned into the entire winter. The man who owned the goose used to feed them so well. The wild goose enjoyed the new lifestyle.

Finally spring was approaching and the wild geese were flying back north again. The wild goose in the pond looked up – he could hear the honks of geese flying by and he was stirred with a strange thrill to join his old colleagues in flight. He tried with all his strength but he could not get off the ground. He had become so soft and heavy that he could not rise to be with his old friends and family. So he dropped back to the pond again and said to himself, “Oh, why the hurry, my life is safe here and the food is good. Maybe the next spring I can go back with them” But every fall and every spring when he heard the wild geese honking overhead, his eyes would gleam for a moment and he would flap his wings. He did this for many years until one day he paid no attention to them. He was happy where he was.

The moral of the story is that if not careful overtime we can forget our high standards and be content with lower things.

HF: This morning we are going to see how we can deal with the sin of complacency. Christians have become so comfortable in life that they have no hurry for the things of God.

Why the hurry?

Proverbs 1:32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

Complacency means a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, feeling too comfortable in your present place. In other words complacency is feeling content for the wrong reasons. We can call it laziness, I will do it later attitude, laid back attitude.

Joke: A man told his doctor that he wasn't able to do all the things around the house that he used to do. When the examination was complete, he said, "Now, Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me." "Well, in plain English," the doctor replied, "you're just lazy." "Okay," said the man. "Now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife."

Complacency is one such thing it can get in to every area of our life. If we are not careful the more we get used to what we are doing we become very complacent in life.

Illustration: Motorola was once the dominant global provider of mobile phones. It was even described by one senior consultant as "the best-managed company in the World." Then along came Nokia to puncture Motorola’s complacency. By 2000, the Motorola’s global market share had collapsed. In 2010 Nokia bought Motorola. Nokia too eventually became complacent and in 2013 Microsoft bought Nokia.

I have heard men say, "My family is very important to me." Almost everyone would say that. Yet, statistics reveal that the average father spends 5-10 minutes a day with his children. We have become complacent with our time with family.

Some people say, "My health is really important to me." Yet, do we exercise? "No." Do we eat right? "No." The 2013 report on India obesity shows that 35%-40% of all Indians are obese, 5-7% are morbidly obese. People have become complacent with their health.

Are we materialistic? "Oh, no! Everyone else is but we are not." Is our debt load getting bigger? Are we buying things that we cannot afford? Do we have credit card charges that we cannot pay? Do we have loans that we cannot pay and think of another loan? We have become complacent in our finances.

Is God important to us? "Yes! People say, "God is important to me." Yet only a very low percentage of Christians live according to the word. We are not serious about God. We are much too busy for God. We have become complacent with God.

Scott Woodward: Every church is one generation away from apostasy. Apostasy is the abandonment of one’s religion. The one step before apostasy is complacency.

Signs of Christian complacency

a. Christian life becomes a tradition.

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