Reading from the first chapter of Judges today, I came across this comment in my ESV Study Bible notes:
Judg. 1:21 Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites. A second notice about Israelite failure (see note on v. 19) previews a series of six almost identical notices in vv. 27–36. The Israelites were apparently satisfied with a comfortable home in a productive land and were not zealous to achieve God’s full purpose for their life in the land (see note on vv. 27–33).
What struck me is the bit about being satisfied with a comfortable home in a productive land and not being zealous to achieve God’s full purpose for their life in the land. In many ways this describes me – God has given the Church a task to do, I am a part of that Church but am not wholeheartedly working to achieve that task.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
If I really do think that Jesus Christ is all-sufficient and believe it when He says He has all authority in heaven and on earth, then why am I not making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded? Is it because I have become comfortable in not obeying all that Jesus commanded?
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
(Revelation :15-3:19 ESV)
I need to repent of my own complacency and become zealous for the Great Commission. I do not know the form(s) it might take on, but it is clear that the depth and seriousness of my discipleship needs to massively change.
I humbly repent of my complacency and ask God to help me live as I profess to believe.