Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 24)
Be troubled, you complacent ones.
Isaiah 32:11 (NKJV)
I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease.
Zechariah 1:15 (NKJV)
And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you.'
Luke 12:19-20 (NASB)
Consider two definitions of complacency: 1) 'A feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger' (Random House Dictionary); 2) 'A feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better' (Merriam Webster Dictionary).
Next consider these definitions applied to the average American Christian: 1) Compared to millions of others, we're snuggled in pleasant security; 2) Mostly, we're satisfied. But if we aren't, it's in respect to ourselves. We want better hair, bodies, phones, job, cars and houses, just like everyone else.
Now consider complacency's effects in the light of the Great Commission: 1) 'And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me' (Matthew 10:38); 'So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple' (Luke 14:33).
If we're attached to our pleasant American lifestyles, we're in danger: 'You say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' -- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked... Therefore, be zealous and repent' (Revelation 3:17,19).
2) If Jesus said...
'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19)...
'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15)...
'Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations' (Luke 24:47)...
'As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' (John 20:21)...
How can we be complacent? How can we refuse to go? How can we not try to make things better?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus was not complacent. He became a traveling Man. He made the world a better place for His followers. You have been called to continue His work. Therefore, you must travel, too.
If you're traveling to schools, businesses, shelters, hospitals, or prisons with His good news, go! If you're traveling on the airwaves of media with His good news, go!
In His Name, go. In His talents, go. In His dreams, go, and ignite the dreams of others.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.