I looked up the word complacent in the dictionary and found it means “pleased with oneself” and “self-approving.” As I looked at my level of Discipleship I realized I have become complacent. It would be nice to say that I have been pleased with my level of discipleship because my commitment is so high, but after a closer look (to my shame) it is not.
I was recently reminded of a story of two young men living in the 1700’s who were burdened for the souls of slaves located on a island. Evidently, it was impossible for them to simply visit the island and live among the inhabitants there so they did the unthinkable, they sold themselves into slavery. As they boarded the boat heading to the island they called back to their family on the shore, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”
I quickly realize I have so far to go. In fact, I’m not even sure if I have even truly scratched the surface of what it truly means to be a disciple. Jesus said, ““If anyone would come after me (become a disciple), let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24, 25)
Have you become complacent in your life of discipleship? Have you thought you’ve arrived? There is nothing more you can do? Take a moment and reevaluate your life of discipleship and be determined to find new areas you can devote to Him.