CONTENTMENT: Do you have a feeling of contentment … pretty much satisfied with the way things in your life, your career, family issues are peaceful… your social life is ‘comfortable,’ and your spiritual life is smooth as silk? Are you AWARE of any danger… trouble looming ahead, or potential controversy? Then you… are likely…COMPLACENT. And, you just might be on the edge of BIG trouble.
Getting ‘too comfortable’ with things at the office… could be a sign that ‘the bosses’ don’t know who you are… meaning… that you’re not making an impact… such that you are…. being properly NOTICED.
If your family life is ‘so well under control,’ … you might not be AWARE of what’s going on around you… your children, their school issues…or, your spouse. Maybe you’re spending too much time away from home… which is why things are so ‘under control.’
If your social life is also ‘comfortable…then maybe it’s because you barely have a social life… maybe you’re too wrapped up in the “Me-Guy.” And… the one that caught-hold of was ‘the spiritual aspects.’ My spirituality… I discovered… was out to lunch… was BORING. I was there physically… but not mentally. I was tired of seeing that backs of the same o’heads, listening to the same o’preaching, and sitting in the same o’pew. I was without challenge. I was COMPLESENT. I was AWOL.
A few words of scripture, here, might set our sights a little higher…Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” And, Jeremiah 29:11-14 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
Thanks be to God… About 5 years ago, I joined a ‘bible study group.’ Out of the blue, and from a fellow I barely knew… was ‘invited’ to attend a bible study group held on Thursday mornings…at 7AM. Our Study Leader was ‘World Renowned Evangelist” … Adrian Despres (Google him). Adrian, lives right here, in my own town. I’ll put it simply… through Adrian, my SPIRITUAL LIFE became alive… re-born. Scripture, went from ‘just words’…to understanding ‘the meaning’ … their context… and the beauty of it all.
Here is an example of what I mean: “What does it mean to be unequally yoked?” The phrase “unequally yoked” comes from 2 Corinthians 6:14 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” I’ve read it… but didn’t really KNOW the meaning.
A yoke is a wooden cross-bar connecting a pair of oxen two oxen… so as to pull their load in unison. An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker… one taller and one shorter. The weaker or shorter ox will walk slower… than the taller, stronger one, causing the load to go around in circles. When oxen are unequally yoked… they cannot perform their assigned task. They are at odds with one another… instead of working in unison.
The “unequal yoke” is often applied to business relationships. For a Christian to enter into a partnership with a non-believer is flirting with disaster. Non-believers are at opposite poles on worldviews, morality, and decisions made will reflect the worldview of one partner over the other… causing one of them… to abandon his own moral code. Too often …it is the believer that abandons his Christian principles in favor of what is best for the business. A closer alliance would be one found in the marriage contract…which is the usual interpretation of this passage. God’s plan is for a man and a woman to become “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24), a relationship whereby the two are made one. Uniting a believer with a non-believer is uniting a negative with a positive pole… which makes for a very difficult marriage relationship.
Never… does God fellowship… with satan. To escape the pitfalls of contentment and complacency… We should refocus our attention on other people – not our self.