Complacency is something many people who claim faith face on a daily basis. We get in to a routine and keep it, often hating said routine but fearing to step outside our comfort zone. Because of the patterns and routines we set up for ourselves, many have had a crisis of faith, or even left it all together. We even rationalize it, knowing that being bold for our faith will bring us ridicule, pain, and cause us to give up the lifestyles we live. We hold on to such things because we are afraid to lose them, but it is these very things that cause stagnation within our faith! It’s like blaming God when you set your own house on fire, saying “why didn’t You put it out?.” Yet when it comes down to it, stagnation of faith has to do with our own unwillingness to step out and be bold as Christ calls us to be.
Over and again, I am encouraged by the witness of saints, current and gone on to heaven, however, that made their faith something to die for. They have sold out completely to God, valuing nothing accept His will, even to the point of losing life, limb, and family. Jesus died to give us this faith, and rose again that we may attain it. Make your faith something worth dying for! Live boldly and unashamedly for Jesus, knowing that it WILL draw attention, and it WILL draw enemies. Yet, it is such a faith that inspires and draws others to Christ, emboldens the Church, and brings us contentment and peace beyond understanding. Live for Jesus, even if the world hates you for it (they hated Him first!). Live like you are called, not subdued and bewildered, but bold and alive! Don’t fall in to the trap of complacency, but live each day as if you’re on your way to meet Jesus. Love as He loves, live in the Presence of the Holy Spirit by the will of the Father. Watch how abundant your life becomes! My prayer for you today: may your faith in Christ be worth dying for, so that you may find life that is truly life.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.