What is complacency?
Dictionary.com defines it as “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”
Basically, complacency is to be content with where you are in life. You’re not interested with improving yourself or doing anything different, because you’re satisfied where you are. It doesn’t sound so bad, does it? To be satisfied with yourself. To be content. But God doesn’t want us to live in complacency.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be content. We absolutely should be! Being content, however, shouldn’t keep us from trying to improve ourselves, or from stepping out of our comfort zones. Being a Christian is a growing process. There’s no such thing as a “fully-grown Christian”, because we’re never done growing and learning. The problem is, if we’re complacent, if we’re comfortable where we are, we won’t grow.
Complacency is quite a tricky thing. I think the biggest problem is that we often don’t realize that we are complacent. If a person is doing great things, it’s possible that they are just as complacent as someone who isn’t really doing much at all. So how does that work? Maybe the person who is doing great things has reached the point where doing these things are easy. No problem. But for the other person, they’re content not doing much at all.
You see, just like the person who isn’t doing much, the person who is doing great things is comfortable where he’s at. He doesn’t see a need to improve himself, or to grow. He thinks he’s doing fine. And although he’s doing incredible things, he’s complacent, just like the other guy.
Look at your own life. Are you living inside your comfort zone? Is God calling you to grow, to shake off complacency? Give it a shot, and I can guarantee you’ll realize you still have a lot of growing left to do!