I have experience in working in law enforcement. One chief thing which is communicated to law enforcement officers is to never, ever become complacent! By definition, being complacent means: (1)-Showing smug, or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievement. Synonyms of complacent include smug, self-satisfying, self-congratulatory, proud, gloating and triumphant. Based on the definition, and the synonyms, one would be in a world of trouble if they took for granted that everything is going to go according to the procedure and program every single time they came in contact with someone, especially in a law enforcement context. In essence, complacency kills!
This article is not dealing with law enforcement, but I am going to relate complacency to our work as ministry assistants, executive assistants, administrators and those who engage in the administrative work of churches and ministries. We who work on the administrative side of churches and ministries can never become too satisfied with our respective achievements! One of the first concepts of salvation and coming after Christ is self-denial, which is in direct opposition to complacency!
Matthew 16:24 – “Then Jesus said unto his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him DENY himself TAKE UP HIS CROSS and FOLLOW ME.’”
Denying, taking up and following scream the exact opposite of self-satisfying, proud, gloating and self-congratulations! If we who are engaged in the work of administration take this complacent attitude on and embrace this attitude, we are leading toward death…..spiritual death most importantly, but also death in our respective assignment, and death in our calling to be aids and assistants to our respective churches and ministries. There are 3 ways complacency kills. I will briefly share these 3 ways below:
1. Complacency stops advancement – Philippians 3:14 reads: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” In this, when we are pressing, this is a continual work toward the higher calling of God! If we feel we have “Arrived” our likelihood to press grows more and slimmer. Our communities, cities, and world, in general, cannot afford for us to stop advancing the mission, mandate, and message of Jesus Christ. We who engage in the administrative work of the ministry must continue to press because if we do not press, we do not advance!
2. Complacency steals desire – In the greeting seen in 3 John 1:2, there is a wish or desire that is stated in the form of a greeting: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” In this verse, an overall desire for those who are reading these words is evident. When we become complacent, we only wish well for ourselves, not those around us. But we, who are called to do what is that we do administratively cannot operate with ourselves in the forefront. We must aim to perfect, engage in the work of the ministry for, and edify those we serve! (Ephesians 4:11-12). When complacency comes into the picture, the desire to satisfy ourselves will become foremost, versus us serving, building and encouraging those who we have been assigned to serve in our respective churches and ministries.
3. Complacency starts mediocrity – The cousin of complacency is mediocrity. We get lulled into a relaxed state, and a false confidence when we become complacent in our work and our administrative duties. Scripture indicates, however, that the God we serve is excellent! We, as servants working in the administrative capacity, should desire to display the excellence of God in all we do! Psalm 8:1-“Oh Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, who hath set thy glory above the heavens.” One way to guard against mediocrity and complacency is to keep in mind the excellent standard God has and the excellent sacrifice made on Calvary to pardon us from the penalty of sin we so deserve!
We at Kingdom First Consulting aim to assist churches and ministries build “King-Sized Skills for King-Sized Visions!” One way we do this is by providing administrative training for churches and ministries which will combat and counteract complacency. For more information, please click here. Complacency kills any well-meaning church or ministry. Let’s not be complacent, but let’s concentrate on fulfilling our God-given assignment and our respective church and ministry’s mission and vision!