The Battlefield of Coasting
Whatever you do, do it hardily as unto the Lord. Colossians 3:23
Many of us have stories of God’s supernatural intervention and reassurance in time of fear. As God’s men, we will know this kind of battle pressure if we are on the attack and serving Him on Kingdom battlefronts. As with the Navy submarine, the Halibut, there may come a time when we’ll be hammered by circumstances, spring leaks, and forced to the surface to face the assault after some aspect of our character has been compromised. Having fought and won some major battles for the kingdom, God’s men commonly become overconfident in our success. At these times, the challenge is continuing to work through the stages of our spiritual journeys, allowing God to direct us to our next missions.
If there is one aspect of spiritual battle that remains more hidden than others among Christian leaders, it is coasting. The thought goes like this: I can become the man God needs me to be by remaining who I am. In this realm, the danger is not doing wrong; it is the pride that comes with doing all the right things. When you have a large, level area of the spiritual high ground, you can lose your focus in the real world.
Getting the picture? Satan might use your successful ministry style to help you avoid the hard questions about your spiritual health as a leader. Or he can use the people around you to convince you to value recognition over the true servant leadership and solid character. But sooner or later, if you’re coasting, you’re going to encounter some devilish sabotage. The only defense is to accept that difficult growth always requires ruthless pursuit of God. Anything less leaves you vulnerable.
In light of these warnings, be reminded that you have a God who loves you and is aware of this more than you are. God loves you and has provided his Holy Spirit to remind you of misguided success.
Thank you Father. You have all my bases covered.