What’s it going to take to overcome our apathy and impact those around us for the cause of Christ?
So, how do we deal with the apathy, the “luke-warmness” in our life?
Jesus said in Revelation 3: “I know your deeds. You’re neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other, so because you are lukewarm, I’m about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Pretty strong language, wouldn’t you say?
God obviously doesn’t want us lukewarm. He wants us committed!
It says in 2nd Chronicles that God’s eyes are going to and fro in the entire earth—looking to find someone who’s fully committed to Him. Why? So He can show His power on our behalf.
Get rid of the apathy and reach out with compassion to those around you. Live out your faith boldly!
There’s definitely something lacking in the power of the church!
I believe what’s missing is “authentic” Christianity.
When asked why a person is leaving the church, they often cite the lack of authenticity in the church—among believers!
The truth is much of our values as Christians–as church goers–looks the same as the culture around us.
Many individuals in the church are not reflecting a biblical, authentic Christianity. So why do we think it will be compelling to others?
It won’t be—and it isn’t!
Jesus was clear in reminding us in Acts 1:80: “But you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
The English word, “power” is a translation of the original Greed word, “dunamis,”—the root for our word—dynamite! Explosive power. That’s what’s missing!
And authentic Christianity is the answer.
Missional drift! It describes what happens when you set out to do one thing—and end up doing quite another!
. . . and “missional drift” is exactly what’s taking place in our culture today. We’re becoming a culture of the “acculturated!”
. . . unfortunately, even in the church.
To be “acculturated” means complying with the culture in which we live.
Ask yourself, are you in any way compromising or becoming attuned to the world’s ways at the expense of God’s ways?
A lack of discernment, and certainly, in many cases, a lack of biblical literacy is a huge problem.
If we don’t know what the Bible says, if we don’t understand God’s ways, we end up drifting toward opinion and so-called tolerance!
We need to get back to foundational, righteous issues and principles.
If we don’t, we’ll just continue to drift, compromising God’s truth and God’s ways.
If we truly want spiritual renewal in this country, we’re going to have to spend time praying! Fervent, intentional prayer!
And let me remind us: prayer isn’t overcoming reluctancy in God.
It’s not persuading Him to do something He is unwilling to do.
It’s implementing His will.
We’re not begging God to do something He doesn’t want to do.
Christian author Andrew Murray wrote: “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force than can move the heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.”
A force that changes history! That changes Culture.
We need to pray, now, for our nation, our leaders, our families, our churches and institutions!
And by the way, prayer doesn’t mean we don’t act.
Not at all.
But we pray first! Action comes out of that praying!
There is truth that predates us—AND it will outlive us!
God’s Word is the source of wisdom?
Ultimately our opinion matters very little. Mine or yours!
But biblical truth does matter!
Oh I know, there are those who will say,
“Oh yeah? According to whose interpretation?”
The answer is: according to collective minds of authentic followers of God for the last two thousand years!
Others will argue: “Well it’s his interpretation against yours, right?”
No. The Bible was written plainly. Tearing up a baby in the womb is anti-biblical. Re-defining marriage is anti-biblical. Depriving people of expressing true creativity, through excessive governmental control denies the integrity of the human spirit. It’s anti-biblical. Economic taxes that break citizens’ financial backs is anti-biblical.
The Bible can spare us a lot of pain—personally and nationally—if we’ll read it—and follow it!
What’s really important to you? If you’re willing to answer some key questions—there’s a quick way to find out!
Here are the questions for you to answer for yourself:
How do you spend your time? Your energy?
What’s the focus of your finances? Your giving?
How do you feel about your possessions?
What about the use of your gifts and talents?
What about your actions?
Your thought life, even the words that you say?
Take a good look at your answers.
Where’s your focus? It’ll tell you a lot about your priorities—about what you regard as truly important.
Jesus said where your heart is—your treasure will be as well!
It really doesn’t matter what we “say” our priorities are—it’s where the rubber meets the road!
That’s where the real tale is told!
The last question? Who is important in your life?
Do the words, “Follow Me” ring a bell?
How you live as a Christian in today’s culture makes a difference . . . on the culture itself!
There’s an economic theory that says: “What we enjoy, in terms of economics in our culture, flows out of, in part, biblical truth.”
A book titled, “Human Accomplishments” studied those accomplishments from 400BC to 1950. It was written by a self-admitted agnostic. But he said when he studied human accomplishments he was stunned that the primary contributor to human accomplishment, meaning things getting better, was because of biblical Christianity. Another book titled, “Under the Influence” came up with the same conclusion.
Christianity, when lived out by those of us who claim to know Christ, makes an enormous impact on the culture.
A staggering impact, in fact!
Let’s not forget that! Let’s live in the light of God’s Truth—salt and light!
What’s foundational in your life? There’s good reason for you to know the answer to that question!
Jesus said in Matthew 7: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house.
Yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.”
Everything in these houses was identical.
Except one thing. The foundation.
The person who hears the words of Jesus and puts them into practice! It makes all the difference.
What, or who, are you substituting for God in your life?
And how’s that working for you?
There’s a good reason we call God, Savior. Savior means somebody who saves us—the implication being that we need to be saved; saved from our sins and self-centeredness.
If I asked you to spell sin—you’d likely say, s-i-n.
Well, I spell it S-E-L-F. Self. Self absorbed. Self-centered.
But God comes along and He says, “I want to be the epicenter of your life. I want to save you from your SELF.”
What’s at the center of your life right now?
When Jesus died on the cross, He took your imperfections, assigned them to Himself and paid a dear price for it.
And He wants to be at the center.
And when He is—it makes all the difference!
How often have you heard it said: It doesn’t matter what you believe—as long as you’re sincere?
It’s one of the lamest statements I’ve ever heard!
It does matter what you believe about God.
A lot of people believe in God and yet act as if He didn’t exist.
They believe in God, but there’s no commitment to what He says in His Word.
They believe in God, but violate His ways.
They believe in God but don’t want to be with Him, or obey Him.
There is Truth; it does exist.
Listen up! It does matter what you believe about God.
God is not a fable or a myth—He is a reality.
And the Bible describes God with the Hebrew word: Adonai.
Lord! The Boss; the One in charge.
It fits because He is in charge.
And if God is in charge, guess who isn’t?
You and I!