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Spiritual Apathy #1627

Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks. (Ecclesiastes 10:18, NKJV)

Apathy is harmful to spiritual health and vitality. Apathy in this context is “an attitude of indifference and unconcern toward spiritual things. It generally ignores spiritual matters in order to place a greater emphasis on material things” (“What Is Wrong With Christian Apathy?,” Biblical Proof). Spiritual indifference is one of the besetting sins in our age of affluence, convenience, and leisure. Like ancient Israel, it is easy to become “at ease in Zion” and neglect “mercy, justice and faith” toward God and fellow human beings (Amos 6:1-6). Often generated by pride, it robs Christians of giving due time and attention to spiritual responsibilities and opportunities (Amos 6:7-8). We succumb to spiritual laziness when we are quick to address material concerns yet neglect our spiritual needs. Our hedge against spiritual apathy is to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Faith, activated by godly priorities to the will of God, helps guard against spiritual decay (see Romans 12:1-2).

“Not Lagging in Diligence” #834

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11, NKJV)

Are you eager to live for Christ today? Are you attentive to being true to Him and serving His will? Such eagerness is a defining trait of the faithful Christian. “Lagging in diligence” denotes tardiness and slothfulness. We are to be fervent in our disposition toward the Lord and His cause. Lagging behind in diligence connotes timidity, holding back and hesitation when we ought to confidently do God’s will. We have work to do, and “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” by which to accomplish it (2 Tim. 1:7). Zealous faith energizes one’s service to the Lord. Commit yourself to being eagerly attentive to serve the Lord. Spiritual diligence invigorates us to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).