I often read and listen from great leaders in all areas in order to learn from concerning what makes them tick. Recently, I was watching an interview on ESPN of the great College Alabama football coach Nick Saban and was asked these to very important questions: “What is the greatest enemy to success? What is the greatest threat to excellence?” He answered those two questions with one important word: “Complacency.” He went on to define complacency as being satisfied with where you are and to stop having high standards for yourself. Here lies the question: Are you satisfied with where you are spiritually? Are you satisfied with where you are in the ministry of your local church? How can we overcome the sin of complacency in our lives?

First of all, the Scriptures give us many examples of the sin of complacency and the results. First, the Israelites got complacent after being freed from Egypt and it ended up costing them 40 years of wondering in the wilderness. King David got complacent while the army was out fighting, he decided to stay behind which resulted in his committing adultery with Bathsheba which later led to the murder of her husband, Uriah.

Secondly, the Scriptures give us some great examples of the result of defeating complacency. First, there is Moses. What if he had not obeyed the voice of the Lord in the burning bush and decided to settle as a shepherd. Secondly, there are the disciples. What if they had decided to continue in their self-pity and not go ye into all of the world and preach the Gospel?

How can we make sure we do not allow the sin of complacency creep up on us and overcome us?

The writer of Hebrews sums it up perfectly in chapter 10:22-25, “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (NASB)Let’s break down these verses down very simply.

First, you draw near to God. (v. 22) In what ways do you draw near to God? You draw near to God with a true heart. It’s a spiritual heart that has no duplicity or hypocrisy. You must have a full assurance of your faith in Christ. You must have hearts and bodies perfectly cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ. Are you born again? Do you trust the finished work of Christ for your eternal salvation?

Secondly, you must hold fast to our profession without wavering. (v. 23) A true believer is a person that holds fast to his profession in the finished work of Christ. You take God at His word!

Thirdly, you must stir up your fellow believers for service. (v. 24) What does it mean to stir one another up? It means to watch over one another and give continuous care to one another. Basically, it means to hold one another accountable.

Lastly, we must never forsake the assembling of ourselves to worship together and study God’s Word. (v. 25) We live in a day in which there are more and more churches dropping services and bible studies. Instead of dropping, keep them going!

Are you complacent in your walk with the Lord? Do you have full assurance of your salvation? As fellow believers, are we holding one another accountable in our walk with the Lord? Let me encourage you to stay faithful and keep going forward and upward in your walk with the Lord. Be anxious for the day of the second coming of Christ that is drawing near.

Dwayne Smith is pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hope Mills.