Ephesians 1:15-16 & Revelation 2:1-7
In these 2 passages, we are reading about the same group of people, the Christians at Ephesus. The first statement about them in Ephesians 1:15-16 is a recommendation for their courageous faith. In Revelation 2:1-7, we see not a recommendation, but a reprimand for their casual faith. These Christians had lost their first love. There was a time when they were passionate about their walk with God, but now they had become mechanical. They continued to do the things outwardly that they thought they should do, but their hearts had changed.
This is so easy to do when we are in a spiritual atmosphere. You may not struggle with alcohol, drugs, or immorality, but if you have fallen out of love with Christ and become apathetic, your problem is bigger than you may think. An apathetic Christian is a pathetic Christian and I know that because I have been there in my own life. Times when I have been indifferent to spiritual things have been the worse times of my life. I want to ask you today, What is your attitude towards spiritual things? Are you indifferent? Are you less than excited about your walk with God?
As I look back at times in my life, I realize that I don’t like the results or consequences that indifference brings. It brings a self-centeredness, a hard heart, a rebellious spirit, laziness, and poor decision making. Apathy is a heart issue, and Proverbs 4:23 says, that out of the condition of our heart come the issues of life. Apathy is a lack of sincerity. It is a lack of faith. When I walk with God on a daily basis, my faith grows, yet when I become apathetic and indifferent, my faith wavers. I am easily moved from the spiritual decisions that I have made in the past. That is why so many young people go back on their commitments to God.
Apathy is a lack of sacrifice and it is also a lack of obedience. We were created by God to reflect His image and when we make choices that cause us to be apathetic, we are so far away from what God expects us to be. So, how do we get out of our apathetic (pathetic) state. I believe the answer is found in Revelation 3:17-19. First, humble yourself before God. Submit to Him and His authority in your life. Secondly, repent. Turn from your casual Christianity and begin to take steps back towards a passionate relationship with God.
I love what James says in James 4: “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.” Take a step towards Him and He will take a step towards you.