Attitude of Apathy
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4
Read Revelation 2:1-7
Have you ever gotten into a rut? Sunday: Sunday school, Morning Service, Choir Practice, Evening Service; Monday: Visitation; Tuesday: Orchestra practice; Wednesday: Work in Teen Group/AWANA…
At times, it seems that all of our good deeds have simply become routine. We go to church when we are supposed to, stand and sing when we are supposed to, sit and listen when we are supposed to, shake a few hands when it is time, then smile and compliment pastor on his sermon on our way out the door. When we are called upon to serve in the teen group or children’s church, we give a half-hearted effort all the while justifying our action with the lie of “It doesn’t matter, it’s only the teens/kids.” Many times our relationship with Jesus Christ seems too much like a religion.
The attitude of apathy had invaded the church at Ephesus as well. They were performing many good deeds and did not tolerate false teaching, but they had forgotten the reason for service. Sure, they did much to further the kingdom of God, but it was all done out of habit and ritual. They were serving the Lord because it was expected of them not because they loved Christ. If we simply “go through the motions,” we are no better than those who say the “Hail Mary” and count the beads on their rosaries. Be real!
So, why do you attend church? Why are you involved with Christian service projects? Is it because you “ought to” or is it because you “want to”? Spend some time right now in prayer and fall in love with Jesus Christ again. Go back and read Revelation 2:1-10.