The Complacency of Men

One of the greatest hindrances for men is complacency. You know the stuff… delaying to do what you know you must do; making excuses for why this isn’t the right time to start; apathetic concerning your approach to life, what is going on in the world around you, what is going on with your family which you live with; and all the while you say in your mind, “I will get to it sooner or later” or, “It will be taken care of”. But some how you still never seem to have the right enthusiasm or motivation, and depression settles more upon your life as you retreat into media entertainment or your secret life which may or may not include sins which will destroy your soul and your loved ones around you. Just look at the headlines of our politicians and ministers who are dropping like flies from moral failures, embezzlement’s and just plain sin which have never been dealt with because of complacency.

In the Book of Proverbs it shows us men plainly that complacency will destroy our lives…  Proverbs 1:32 (NKJV) – For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them… When we fail to deal with that which needs to be dealt with in our lives and around us in a aggressive and timely way, then we are allowing the “demons” of life to come in and take abode and begin the process of eliminating us from masculinity, headship and effectiveness in what God has given to us. Remember the Garden of Eden? Adam failed to do what God told him to do, and that was to keep the garden. Adam was complacent with that which God had given to him. He started out good, Adam named the animals, yet he began somewhere to yield over to “Garden Life” and in the process did what God had told him not to do. And thus his life around him was destroyed, and his family line was impacted by his complacency; that is you and I! We have inherited Adam’s sin, imputed and passed down to us and we as men must begin to turn off the TV, quit worrying about what the final score was, quit being driven by modern media hype to see the latest and greatest movie or newest DVD release, and believe if we begin to fight complacency and once again tend our “Garden” that God will once again move upon our land in an awesome and mighty way to turn the tide of the deterioration that is happening before our eyes. Our families will benefit, our churches will benefit, our communities will benefit and most importantly you as a man will benefit because you will regain that “Honor” with which God has crowned you with. Look at what Hebrews tells us…

Hebrews 2:5-7 (NKJV) – “For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.”

 What are some of the areas of a man’s life which complacency affects?

  • Your relationship with your wife… (Do you spend time talking and listening to her; being a friend to her; and without any other distraction going on so she is your total focus?)
  • Your relationship with your children… (Do you really know what is going on in your child’s private life? Are you helping them prepare for their future and aiming them in the path they are to go?)
  • Your moral purity… (With all of the immoral visuals which surround and impact our society, are you keeping you thoughts pure and you eyes straight before you? Remember, immorality will reduce a man to a crust of bread… {Proverbs 6:26}… don’t get crusty!)
  • Your business of life… (Are you being diligent with everything God has put into your charge? Or are you creating a vacuum by your complacency where others must fill the void you are creating. Especially in your home, a wife will automatically fill the void you create, and then you begin to blame her for being controlling and un-submitted to your headship…)
  • Your faith… (Are you diligently and passionately seeking God in prayer and the study of His Word? Do you have “faith” in your life that is living and vital? Do you believe that God is active in your life leading you and desiring to manifest His blessings to you?)

God is searching out the men of His Kingdom and seeing who is diligent and passionate about His cause in the land. Look at what God says in His word to us men… Zephaniah 1:12 (NKJV) – “And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The Lord will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’… Are you even complacent about whether or not God will do anything at all? If you are nonchalant about God’s activity in the affairs of men, that is the height of being in complacency. When you are in the routine of religious duty, going to church and doing your religious duty, then going to lunch and being more excited about the ball game after the service, that is a sign post that your are in complacency… fight it, fight it, fight it! Call it sin in your life and begin today to do one thing that you have been delaying in. I am going outside and tearing up my lawn right now and starting the garden I have been talking about for a while now. Be blessed!



One response to “The Complacency of Men

  • Marcus

    Awesome post/message regarding Complacency Pastor Eric. I remember when you spoke about this in Men’s Ministry a couple months ago.

    Bless you Pastor Eric!

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