This will be my final post in this series on apathy. I hope that this series has been helpful and challenging as we’ve talked about what it means to have a “lack of passion” when it comes to the Christian life.
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In previous posts I talked about the importance of believing the gospel and preaching the gospel as a means of fighting off apathy. This morning I would like to add one more weapon to your arsenal in the war against apathy, that weapon is believing the Word of God (by belief I do not mean a simple recognition of the truthfulness, but rather the biblical concept of a whole-hearted of giving of ones self).
It is simply impossible to walk away from the Bible and to believe that God wants you to be apathetic about His Son. The Scripture is replete with passages about the joy that is found in Christ and the drive that believers should feel as a result of their relationship with him. I think of passages such as Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Or Psalm 36:8 “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.” Or 1 Peter 1:8 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” The problem is not that the Bible is unclear about the passion and joy of the Christian life, the problem is that far too often we simply don’t believe it. Yes, we’ll give a nod to the inerrancy of Scripture and talk about how the Bible is the Word of God, but in the end we don’t really believe it can change us or inspire our apathetic hearts.2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” The author of Hebrews tells us that the Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword and is able to divide soul and spirit, bone and marrow and is albe to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. The Word of God is powerful enough to break our apathetic hearts if we will simply believe what it says, embrace the joy that Christ has placed before us and renew our passion for the Cross.
May 06 2008 | Apathy | 4 Comments »
Yesterday I started a series on the subject of apathy, or more specifically how is it that a Christian young person is to respond to the apathy that seems to inevitably creep into their soul. If you have grown up in the church, or spent much time in the church at all than I’m sure that you can relate to what I’m talking about here. I think that we all know what it is like to come to church one morning and find that our hearts aren’t nearly as engaged as they once were. The music is played, the pastor preaches and all of a sudden it seems as though we’ve been doing this all of our lives and the joy of our salvation is suddenly being sucked out of us, like water running down a drain. The question is, “What can I do to fight the apathy that seems to overtake my heart?”.
Yesterday I said that the first step to fighting apathy is to believe the gospel. We need to keep precious gospel truths before our eyes in order to fight against apathy. The fact of the matter is that apathy dies at the cross, because you can not look at a bloody savior and remain apathetic, you must be moved.
A second method to fighting against apathy is this: To fight apathy we need to preach the gospel. Not only must we believe the gospel, but we must be busy about preaching the gospel if we’re going to fight apathy in our hearts. In many ways these two points are intimately tied together b/c you will not preach the gospel, if you don’t believe it and maybe that’s why so few of us do preach the gospel. There are few things in this life that will stir up your heart like presenting the gospel to someone. This is front lines, ground breaking warfare and it is exciting stuff. The greatest periods of spiritual growth in my life are almost always accompanied by evangelism. You simply can’t help but be excited about your faith when you are out defending it every day. I fear that the gospel becomes nothing more than an “old story” when we refuse to take the time to tell other people about it. All of a sudden those precious truths that should stir our hearts become stale and the living water of the gospel becomes stagnant as we refuse to share it with other people.
As I said earlier, apathy dies at the cross and one of the principle ways of keeping the cross before our eyes is to continually present it to others in all of its beauty and its gore. I pray that God will give me the courage to continue presenting Christ to the lost and that He will stamp out the apathy that seems to all too often consume my soul. Pray for me.
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May 01 2008 | Apathy | No Comments »
One of the things that we’ve been talking a lot about in the High School group is apathy. Apathy can basically be defined as a lack of passion, it comes from the Greek root “a” and “pathos.” “Pathos” refers to passion and “a” negates whatever it precedes. Apathy basically means a lack of passion. It seems to me that the longer I walk with Christ, the easier it becomes for apathy to sink into my soul. I become accustomed to being Christian and those things which once excited me about the church and faith suddenly seem to be dull and all to “common.” I was talking with some of the Senior guys the other day about this struggle that we all have and we started to ask ourselves what we can do fight apathy in our own hearts. As we discussed the problem, it dawned on me that the solution to the apathy which so easily entangles me is that I need to believe the gospel.
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Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not saved but it’s that I don’t allow the doctrines of grace, the powerful truths of the gospel to overwhelm my heart and to fill me with a “pathos” for God. The truth of the matter is that I need to believe the gospel, I need to keep the gospel before me and continue to remember the glorious truth that Christ has saved me from my sin in spite of my wretched estate. I need to remember that I don’t deserve anything good in this life, in fact if the truth be told I deserve nothing but hell and yet God has given me grace and kindness in allowing me to live. And grace upon grace that He has made me His own.
The truth of the matter is that Apathy dies at the cross, because you cannot look upon a bloody savior and remain unmoved in your heart. If you can, than you haven’t believed the gospel and that brings us back to where we started. I need to believe the gospel in order to fight the apathy in my heart. I pray that you will too.
April 30 2008 | Apathy | No Comments »