Struggling with Apathy (Part 1)

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.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.
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April 30 2008 06:34 pm | Apathy

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