The Pursuit of Complacency

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Complacency is defined as “…showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.”  The attitude of complacency and the desire to stay within one’s comfort zone is reaching epidemic levels.  The pursuit of personal comfort and finding oneself is appealing in a self absorbed world.  But as Christians, we are to be actively pursuing becoming more like Christ, which is a counter cultural endeavor.  Writing from a prison cell, Paul instructs fellow believers to follow his example and, “…press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  The verb “press on” indicates a process which is already in progress and the “prize” mentioned refers to the rewards we will receive in heaven for being faithful to our calling.  Therefore, we are not to be satisfied with our present knowledge of the Bible, understanding of God, or the level of service we offer to Him.


It is easy to become spiritually complacent and to measure our growth in Christ compared to those around us.  However, Paul’s example is a warning and reminder to measure our spiritual progress and growth against the standard of Scripture.  As disciples of Christ let’s strive for excellence in all areas of life, beginning with our personal relationship with God and then extending to how we serve those outside our comfort zone.