This is a dangerous attitude, a smugness of having reached an acceptable level with a consequent relaxing of discipline and choosing to focus on personal ease because of a lack of motivation, commitment and enthusiasm. David entered into such a lethargic condition by taking the easy option of ‘staying home’ instead of being with his army, choosing instead to cater to self-comfort – which resulted in gross sin (2 Sam 11:1-12:14). Self is always at the centre of sin and the outcome is not God honouring.  

Seeming spiritual achievement can also lead to complacency that is the enemy of growth in righteousness and service for the Lord. Many Christians view their relationship with Christ in this light – having reached a plateau they stagnate and drop their guard, unaware of the potential danger. The Christian life should not be one of constant activity, however, there should always be continual growth in holiness and devotion to the Lord as well as watchfulness of Satan, who is always on the prowl to take advantage of those lax in their spiritual disciplines, slow to take authority over wrong thoughts and adopting habits that once they considered off-limits (1 Pet 5:8).

Being lethargic is not a viable option for believers as there is always more ground to take for God, both within us and by us, as we “Give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord” (1 Cor 15:58).  Paul said, “I keep pressing on to enter into all God has for me…I am again in the pains of childbirth until

What are the areas in my life that need to                                 be ‘wakened out of sleep’?

Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19; Phil 3:12).  Goals require our ongoing attention and effort to reach.

Jesus told a parable about a rich fool, who thought he had done enough and could now sit back and enjoy himself as the centre of his ‘world’, yet being only focused on himself was a very warped appraisal and resulted in judgement (Lk 12:16-21. The eternal destiny of people depends on us being vigilant to stir up and use the gift God has given us and actively utilizing it for His glory (2 Tim 1:6,7).  

See also: comfort, contentment, goals, laziness, motive/motivation, self-satisfaction, spiritual disciplines.

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