In The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer begins by encouraging fellow believers to “follow hard after God”.
From the beginning, he talks about being deliberate to encourage this longing–but also recognizes that there are “foes” that seek to stunt this process. He writes:
“The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.”
In the early stages in my walk with Christ, I was not deliberate with my faith. I felt “close” only when it was most convenient to me.
I’ve learned over the years, however, that sometimes my faith can struggle, doubt, and wrestle… and still be focused on Christ. That is okay.
Tozer then goes on to write that “faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze [at God]“. Our faith is a work in progress; continually being transformed into His image.
Personally, complacency is one area that seems to re-surface in my life — probably because I don’t always see it coming. When complacency sinks in, you don’t necessarily see that anything is wrong (and that can be deadly!).