An Open Letter to the Complacent Christian
Dear Complacent Christian,
It’s 8:30 on a Sunday morning, as you and your family scramble to get to church on time. Not a hair out of place, your smiles give the illusion that life is near perfect.
Before you get to the car, you realize you left your Bible inside and you dash back in to grab it. Searching high and low, you wonder where on earth you stashed it last week. Is it under the stack of mail? Was it miraculously placed on the bookshelf where it belongs?
Mumbling more than a few curse words, you find your Bible, smashed and wrinkled in the kid’s toys. Its been unopened since you paraded the crisp, trendy version through the church hallway last week.
All week long it sat untouched, unopened, and went unnoticed.
Throughout your over-scheduled week, you haven’t thought about God, let alone had the desire to open His Holy Word.
Content to be present at church each Sunday and talk the Christian lingo over coffee and modern worship, Christianity has yet to invade every aspect of your life.
You’re comfortable to be a Sunday Christian, one who checks off an obligation to Jesus, but never truly lets Him into your life.
You’ve compartmentalized your belief in God, and by limiting His presence to one day a week, you’ve never grown or matured in faith.
And you’re exactly where the evil one wants you; powerless, ineffective, and not being used to further the Kingdom of God.
The enemy tempts you and lures you to live paralyzed in your faith, weak in will and blinded by the trappings of this world.
When you live comfortable and complacent, you’re no threat to his evil plans and you’re exactly the kind of Christian he loves; weak, powerless, and silent.
Yet in case you haven’t heard the latest news, Christians are at war all across the globe. Brutally murdered in cold blood for their belief in Christ, Christians now more than ever have to be bold in faith and take a stand for their beliefs.
Friend, it’s time to get off the sidelines of Christianity and get into the game.
It’s time to determine if you truly have a relationship with Christ and what you really believe. If you have questions about your relationship with God, find a respected Christian to talk with openly and honestly. (You can also visit the post, Who is God and What Does He Have to Do With Me?, to have a few questions answered.)
If’ you’ve already accepted Christ as your Savior, it’s time to grow up in your faith.
It’s time to learn the principles of God by studying His Word and developing a relationship through prayer. No matter how long it’s been since you prayed and desired to know Him more, He is there waiting to welcome you home with open arms.
It’s time to be bold in faith, building relationships with friends and family to openly share the Gospel and lead others to Christ. Being burdened for them and not wanting them perish without knowing the Lord will give you the courage to step out in faith and share the greatest gift of all.
It’s time to fellowship with other believers who seek to glorify God. Spur each other on to dig deep and to take steps of faith and obedience.
It’s time to be a missionary in your own backyard, showing outsiders and the less fortunate an example of Jesus’ love and acceptance.
It’s time to leave behind the idols of materialism and perfectionism, understanding that they’re used by the evil one to distract you from your true purpose. YOU have an important role in God’s plan and it’s time pray about what that looks like in your life.
It’s time to realize that life is NOT ABOUT YOU, but about proclaiming the Good News to a lost and fallen world.
It’s time to impart Truth about God’s redemption, grace, and hope, knowing that it can break the shackles of addiction, bondage to sin, and slavery to selfish desires.
Friends, God is calling YOU to leave the comforts of complacency, and to boldly proclaim that you are a follower of His, regardless of the cost.
We are at war against evil and darkness, and the army of Christ is calling YOU to take a stand in a lost and fallen world for Him.
While we don’t know the day or the hour, Jesus is coming and has commissioned His church to pave the way boldly and with urgency.
NOW is the time!
Where do YOU stand?
What will YOU sacrifice?
Will YOU be found faithful?