Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Let No One Go Unwarned...

When I read today's quote by A.W. Tozer I could not help but think of a picture I once saw several years ago. I was grieved by this depiction of the sad state of the body of Christ. We must pray for revival within the Church, so that believers will turn away from complacency and return to their First Love.

“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits for long, so very long, in vain.” ~A.W.Tozer~

Compliancy in the life of a believer is a very dangerous place to be. In the book of Revelations John wrote to the church:

"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev. 2:14, 15)

So what does it mean to be complacent? To me, it means being satisfied with the way things are in life. It is a lack of hunger or desire to see change. It is being apathetic to the needs of others. It is believing, “I’m O.K,” and living life to satisfy the wants and desires of oneself. It is being in a place that breaks the heart of God who gave everything in the person on Jesus Christ to pay for our salvation.

I pray that our love and longing for Jesus will never grow cold and that we would deliberately and whole-heartily seek after God with passion and purpose.

One of my very favorite quotes on this topic is by Charles H. Spurgeon.

“If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” -- Charles H. Spurgeon

What more can anyone say?

Debbie over at Chocolate and Coffee is hosting today's In Other Words. She wrote a great post on this awesome quote. You will be blessed. You can also read what others have written today as well! Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Lelia Chealey said...

Oh WOW Susan that is awesome!! I love the Spurgeon quote at the end. What a slap on my self-centered face.
Thanks for sharing this sister...will be passing this on to my friends & family.
Love ya!

Mimi said...

we do indeed need to pray for revival within the Church...
so many of the Churches are preaching a "feel Good Religion"
We don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable... but by not teaching the true need for Christ in our lives as our Savior... and addressing the presence of sin in our lives... we are sending some straight to hell without fighting for their salvation
good post..
thanks for making us think..

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Wow - that quote from Spurgeon is challenging!

lori said...

I always get such a blessing when I stop by and today was no exception...lukewarm...have you ever taken a lukewarm bath...it really is the worst, HOT is LOVELY and ICE COLD miserable..but lukewarm...YUCK...
who wants a faith like that??

Loved it!!

Susan said...

I love all that I have read so far from you ladies that are doing this topic. I really believe that the church in America is luke warm. I try everyday to be pssionetly preoccupied with Christ. I heard this from a pastor about 8 years ago and have felt that way ever since. If I keep my eyes on Christ at all times he will lead me through everything and then I won't become complacent.It's when our eyes are not focused up that we fall.

ellen b. said...

This is a great reminder for all of us. Let our focus and satisfaction be in Him alone because really He is the only one that can quench our thirst...

Debbie @ Chocolate and Coffee said...

This was a great post! I love the quote from Spurgeon.

Blessings to you!

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MiPa said...

Great illustration. I am sooo challenged by that Spurgeon quote. Bless you for sharing.

North Carolina Gran'Ma said...

Wow! Powerful post! I pondered on your words...the church today IS in a state of complaceny, but who makes up the church? We do, th body of believers! So, WE are the ones that needs to get out of the rut! One person at a time.... Thank you for "challenging" us.
Loved the quote from Spurgeon!

Anonymous said...

Great picture!! It's really chilling to think we can be swimming in that big sea of complacency, isn't it? Not a place I want to be. I've swum there before and it is the worst.

I LOVE your blog design. I think I've read before that Amy Grant Bayliss did it? It's perfect for you and your awesome writing!!

Have a great day!!

Vicki said...

That graphic says it all, no?

Thanks for a very meaningful post. Amen, sister. We need to cling to our first Love.

NYC said...

Amen and Amen!