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Thursday, July 28, 2011

To Settle is to Stagnate

"At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, 'The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad'" (Zephaniah 1:12).

"Good enough."  It's a phrase that has imprisoned all of humanity since the time of creation.  For some it represents a fear and insecurity of trying to be good enough.  For so many others, whether we realize it or not, this phrase has become our modus operandi, simply put, the way we do things.  We coast, we get comfortable, and then we settle, doing just enough to get by.  We apply this destructive mindset in daily habits, how we eat, sleep, spend time with our family.  It effects our jobs, our finances, and our spiritual relationship with God.

The prophet is addressing a spiritual issue that has not become lost through the generations.  God is not and never will be satisfied, nor will He settle for our complacency.  He uses the analogy of wine left on its dregs, developing a crust on the surface because it hasn't been disturbed for some time, thus become worthless and without good use.

Our comfort comes at a great cost.  Jesus promised that serving Him would bring great peace, blessing, joy, and victory in our lives.  He never promised comfort as the our culture would define comfort.  We have lived out our own definition of comfort.  Laziness.  Mediocrity.  Satisfaction.  Stagnation.  Spiritual growth and vibrancy, revival even, comes when we allow God to stir up the pot of our lives, to disturb our every day norm.  We can never believe the lie that 'if we're OK with how things are, then God's OK, too.'  Laziness and complacency, and settling for the status quo has never been His standard.

Let this be your challenge today.  Choose not to get comfortable in the areas of your life that matter the most.  Don't settle for what you've always done just because you've always done it.  Especially when it's not yielding you the progress and blessing you really desire!  Be passionate about wanting to see the greatness that God has for your life.  Long for God to disturb everything you think is normal.  Then, get out of the way and let Him do it.  Listen to Him as He speaks to you about the areas in your life that need to change.  Trust and obey when He calls you beyond what has become your norm.  Choose not to settle.  Pray.  Read.  Apply.  Receive. 

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