Content yet not Complacent

Content yet not Complacent

We don’t have to go far to be told we don’t have enough. We live in a progressive culture where we’re always on the edge of whats new, what’s better, and how can I have it!? (Currently I’m anxiously waiting for the iPhone 6 to come out, if you saw my iPhone 4 you would understand). Social Media shows us people’s ‘highlight reel’ lives just to add to our feeling of inadequacy, and those annoying encounters with people you went to school with show you just how far behind you really are. But I have to ask, when is the last time you felt really content? Like, really, really content. Like, that glorious feeling after the perfect nap, or the perfect medium rare steak. Our world is a numbers game, and it’s so easy to get sucked in. But what about what God is doing right now? In 1 Cor 4:8 MSG Paul nails this head on.

“So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle…. You’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you!” 

Imagine that. More access to God than you can handle! What would change about your day to day if we really took hold of that? Suddenly, security is something that is found on your knees in surrender, and not in how many followers you have or the size of your bank account. Suddenly, having a voice in the world is found in prayer and interceding, not in trying to jump from spotlight to spotlight.  Suddenly, provision is found in a simple request to your God, and not in desperately trying to claw your way to the top. Being content is simply thanking God for where he’s brought you, because if He hadn’t brought you where you are, you wouldn’t be heading where you’re headed. And where you are headed is the incredible purpose and plan that God has for your life.

On the other side of of being content is the ugly thief named ‘complacency’. Complacency is defined as “showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.” There’s a fine line between being content, and complacent. Contentment is a grateful attitude for what God has brought you, and is bringing you. Complacency is a smug attitude that lacks purpose and robs you of the relationship with God that gives you ‘more access to God than you can handle.’ Paul addresses this in his second letter to Corinth

“Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you.”  2 Cor 13:5-9MSG

God is always prodding you to move into new things, new seasons, and new beginnings. But all of that is found being content that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, and the acceptance He is making a way, in his timing. He has given you the access and the provision to move forward, knowing that in Christ, you are on top of the world. Don’t get complacent and don’t compare your life to others. Rather press on, and trust Him to bring you through. As Paul says, you have everything you need, because you already have more access to God than you can handle! You’re doing better than you think you are – God is always faithful to his Word, and his promises are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ for those who are in Christ Jesus!

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