A minister in Florida admitted that it was difficult to get his message across to his congregation. “It’s so beautiful here in the winter that Heaven doesn’t interest them, and it’s so hot here in the summer that Hell doesn’t scare them.” A short time after he made these comments, Florida was hit with Hurricane Ivan, the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. I mean no disrespect to the wonderful people in the state of Florida, but I bet that cured their spiritual attention deficit disorder.

If you ever get in a position where spending eternity with God is no big deal and the judgment of Hell doesn’t even phase you, then you’d better watch out. You’ve fallen into spiritual complacency. It won’t be long before God uses something to get your attention. Don’t be surprised if He shakes you to your core.

One of the subtlest dangers threatening our Christian lives is complacency. It’s so easy to find a comfortable spot and just sit there without making any effort to move forward. But this is dangerous because if we aren’t being spiritually renewed, we are being conformed into the image of the world. There’s no room for stagnation in the Christian walk. We have to keep growing.

You may have just graduated from Bible college, seminary, or a new believers’ discipleship class. You will be tempted to coast a little because you’ve reached this great milestone in your life—but don’t let it happen. Renew your mind by studying and meditating upon God’s Word daily. It’s the easiest way for God to keep your attention.

Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. — A.W. Tozer

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder