Struggling with Apathy (Part 3)

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.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.
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May 06 2008 12:38 am | Apathy

4 Responses to “Struggling with Apathy (Part 3)”

  1. The Vander Arks on 07 May 2008 at 3:22 am #

    I really enjoyed this series. There are time when one can say they are too busy to be apathetic. I think those are the times where we can give into apathy and still get away with it. Keeping busy with what is easy and procastinating what may be difficult but is most difficult, I see as another form of apathy.

  2. dharrold49 on 07 May 2008 at 7:21 pm #

    This is a very timely reminder and I thank you very much for it. Each time I put off the opportunity to sit and study the Bible the ugly head of apathy raises higher and higher and starts consuming large parts of each day. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. D. Harrold on 07 May 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    Timely message! Thank you.

  4. Drew on 07 May 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    Collin,
    I totally agree with you. It seems that as we get busier and busier the cross can just become one more important thing on the list of 100 important things. The problem is when the cross is not the MOST IMPORTANT thing, that’s where apathy begins.