Apathy is Lethal

In our walk with Christ, it’s so easy to become apathetic.  Life, after all, is full of deadlines, bills, relationships, and other things we seek to fill it with.  Our schedules are so full sometimes, that we neglect the more important things for the lesser ones.  It’s easy to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.

Apathy is one of those things that creeps in very gradually…over a long period of time.  Apathy towards our relationship with God comes on so slowly, but by the time we notice it, it seems as if it is blind-siding us out of nowhere. Usually, if we retrace our steps we can identify that apathy had been there for a while.

It starts out seemingly harmless.  We stop praying daily…not by choice, but because we fall asleep mid-repent.  We stop studying the Word daily, not on purpose, but because we have to get some extra time somewhere, right? We start missing worship on a regular basis, not because we want to, but because there’s just no time for it. We stop going to Bible study, not because it’s boring, but because we sure can use that extra hour of sleep. We stop calling our brothers and sisters. Before we know it, we’ve all but fallen away from the Lord.

There is a biblical example of the seriousness of becoming apathetic towards our walk with the Savior:

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:14-16, NIV).

Jesus says that He knows how apathetic the Laodicean church has become and He is sick of it!  So sick, that it makes Him want to vomit!

Keep reading this text,

“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17, NIV).

This congregation had become so apathetic that they were thinking they had it all together!  That’s not the case, however!  Jesus calls them on the carpet and tells them that are “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”  He’s telling them that they are deceiving themselves that they have it all together and are good, but in reality they have absolutely nothing!

Pretty somber appeal isn’t it? So what’s the solution?  Jesus says,

“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent” (Revelation 3:18-19, NIV).

So what about you?  Would you feel right at home in Laodicea?  Are you luke—warm?  It’s not hard to get that way.  What’s important is that once you realize your condition, that you take action and do something about it—repent.  If not, you may find yourself thinking you have it all together when all along you had nothing at all.  Just something to think about this week.

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