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The Christian and Apathy

Apathy_PillThere are many excuses used by Christians to explain why their enthusiasm for growing in Christ has diminished since their conversion. One Christian Education Director asked a long time church member why he did not attend Adult Sunday School. “Don’t you want to grow in Christ?” he asked. The man replied, “No thank you – I’m satisfied where I am.” (True Story)

It is sad to see some Christians grow apathetic after years of church attendance. Why does a Christian begin to lose interest in his walk with God? Let’s look beyond the possibility that they never had a true salvation experience to begin with and assume these persons are Christians for the purpose of this article. Consider the following possibilities:

  • A Christian may have an inconsistent habit of Bible reading and prayer. You cannot know God’s purpose in your life without reading His Word. The Bible teaches us the consequences of sin and how we are to be saved. It also teaches us how we are to live and become more like Jesus. Prayer is the opportunity to communicate with God. Our Lord Jesus often prayed and encouraged the disciples not to grow weary in prayer. Prayer is a means of fellowship with God.
  • A Christian may have also allowed other interests to prevent him from spending time with God’s people. He may be inconsistently attending church services. The Psalmist reminds us, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’” (Psalm 122:1 ESV)
  • Have you shared the gospel with someone recently? Have you discussed your pastor’s Sunday sermon or talked with a church friend about a topic from the Bible? Are you afraid you will appear ignorant if you ask a fellow Christian to explain some part of the Scripture to you? Have you recently encouraged and prayed for someone? Such activities should not be neglected.
  • Have worldly honors and possessions come to mean much more to you than they should to a servant of Christ? We must always be on guard against temptation. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” (Galatians 5:16-17 ESV)

Do not be satisfied with your present state of spiritual growth. Such thoughts will make you arrogant. They appeal to our pride. Sanctification is an ongoing process which will continue for the rest of our lives. Neglecting this doctrine means neglecting God’s call upon your life. James writes, “[B]e doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22 ESV)

Samuel at Gilgal

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