One definition of complacent is, “Feeling so satisfied with your own abilities or situation that you feel you do not need to try any harder.” People that are complacent often don’t see themselves this way. They are stuck in the “Laodicea” lifestyle. They are neither hot nor cold. They are lukewarm.
Revelation chapter 3 talks about that kind of person and church. They had everything materially that anyone could want, but their heart towards God was only lukewarm. They didn’t get excited or passionate about God, they were a lukewarm church, with lukewarm people in attendance. Their lifestyle was one of “satisfaction.” They were comfortable where they were at. They were neither hot nor cold.
As we see the end times approaching, which I believe we are already there, we can be certain that this spirit has crept into the church. The spirit of excellence has diminished. Often complacency accepts “whatever” as their lifestyle. Their hunger for God has been replaced with “self-indulgence” of the things that bring worldly gratification.
God hates the lukewarm life. In Revelation 3:14-22 we see his message to the church at Laodicea. You will notice that he is standing outside that church knocking on the door. It is a church in name only and the people are what is known as “Christendom” religious, but not passionate Christians. In Rev. 3:16 it says, “So then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit) thee out of my mouth.”
A lukewarm, complacent person is one that is satisfied with where they are at, and for the most part even though God wrote them a letter, they didn’t change. Let us never be found in this position. Let’s be passionate about God and serve him with fervor!