Apathy: lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern (Gk.-to not feel).
Apathy is a huge problem in the church today. We have become so comfortable. We come to worship, sit in our normal pew, leave right after the last "amen" is said, go home only to return to worship a few days later. We aren't evangelizing. We aren't teaching others. We aren't going out and making disciples. We don't have a passion to serve God and His people.
Did you know that the average church member has heard 4,000 sermons, sung 20,000 songs, participated in 8,000 prayers, and converted 0 sinners (Brad Harrub, 2008 FHU Lectures). Something must change.
"...You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a scone is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).
These words of Jesus are key to killing apathy.
1. Love God With All Your Heart, Soul, and Mind.
In order for us to overcome apathy, we have to have a genuine love (Romans 12:9) for God. Loving God means keeping His commandments (John 14:15). Loving God means dying to self and living for Him. God must become our live. We must be a mirror image of Him because we love Him. Love isn't feeling we have for God (or for others); love is a decision to act a certain way.
2. Love Your Neighbor...
In order for us to overcome apathy, we have to have a genuine love (Romans 12:9) for others. John writes in 1 John 4:7-8, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knowns God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
If we don't have a love for others, we have no reason to share the gospel with them. We must understand that everyone has a soul and is loved by God. Jesus died for everyone, not exceptions.
3. Love Yourself
This does not mean we can be arrogant or selfish. We cannot love self more than God and others. However, notice Jesus' words-"Love your neighbor as your self". If we do not love self, how can we love others? God create each and everyone of us in the likeness of Him. God does not make junk.
Now with that being said, when we sin, we stain ourselves. We no longer are "beautiful" perfect creatures. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Jesus died for you. He died for me. If we were worthless, if we meant nothing to God, He would have never sent His son to die for us. With His sacrifice, we have the chance to become cleansed, to become "beautiful" again.
Remember "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you might follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:21). Don't let apathy win out. Don't allow apathy to overtake you and the church. Don't let Jesus' sacrifice be in vain.
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