Revelation 3:14-17 – ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” NKJV
Apathy is defined as, absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement. It is a lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving and exciting and is easily identified as indifference. The attitude that is pervasive in the apathetic is, “I don’t care.” However, in today’s society is has morphed into “It doesn’t matter.” I have dealt with people that justified their failure to be involved or engaged in various aspects of life, ministry, labor, or service by saying, “I’m just not motivated.” I sometimes wonder if they are saying, “I’m not persuaded that this is important or should concern me.” But, beyond that and even more reflective is that it screams, “I don’t care.”
The apostle John heard the message to the Church at Laodicea where Jesus clearly addressed His view on “apathy.” It was described as being disgusting and distasteful as a lukewarm drink of water on a hot day. I like tea and want it to either be hot or iced but never lukewarm. Apathy is one of the most destructive forces in the Church today. No, it is one of the most destructive forces in the world today.
When “apathy” is present in the heart and mind it conveys the message that the one who is apathetic is saying to the world, “Thanks, but no thanks.” It is empty, void of substance and emotion and is life in a motionless state just drifting along with no real purpose. There is no vision, drive, or dream it is just drifting with the current whatever that current might be or wherever it might lead. Apathy seeks the easy way out and desires a life of ease without responsibility or accountability. It is living life with a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the doorway to the heart. When “apathy” exists a sense of “entitlement” and the expectation is a “free ride” and suggests that it is our responsibility to convince or persuade them to become involved. The goal is not rewarding or motivating enough because the apathetic have long drifted along reaping the benefits of the labors of others so why be involved? The “apathetic” are stuck in their disinterest and thus, the common cry of today WHATEVER surfaces time and again.
Those entrapped with apathy will often fight you as hard to remain apathetic as you fight to motivate them. They have their myriad of justifications that are really excuses as to why they sit back and watch the world go by showing little or no interest in the outcome or actions. If a person is apathetic long enough they find breaking free from that prison almost impossible and fear of trying grips their hearts. They justify their condition and whenever we can justify the place or state we are in we feel comfortable remaining there, it is safe. I had a person who had spent years in “apathy” ask, “How do I care again?”
My suggestion is, consider what God says about things that matter. Once we begin to understand that the things God cares about are important and worth the effort then we must learn to enter “the rest wherein the weary are made to rest.” We must learn to “take His yoke upon us” and realize that we are laborers together with Him. So we can “care again” and we can enter the pursuit of life knowing we are not alone. It is important that we understand His protection, provision, power, and person and then turn our focus outward to “community.” As our focus changes so will our hearts.
You cannot be apathetic in life and walk in the fullness of faith. If we believe the Bible, truly believe the Bible we realize that we have a mission and a commission that touches more than simply preaching the Gospel. We must invest ourselves in life!
God bless you as you go through this wonderful day in Him.