I've noticed that some who have walked with Christ, people who I know are Christians, have simply wandered off.....quietly wandered away. They aren't mad really, they aren't even discouraged....not yet. They have simply not seen the life of God in the community of faith and have lost interest.
Life is busy, work is hard, things are crazy, why waste my time with church and church stuff when I get nothing from it? Why invest my time when no one really knows I'm there or even cares? I'd rather sleep in.
I think, in these days of craziness, the best weapon of the enemy is apathy.....a slow chilling of faith and interest that leaves us unfeeling and uncaring about the most important thing in life- a walk with God. Without passion, without a real interest why should I keep going, why should I continue to be part of something that does nothing for me?
Apathy chills us until we forget what excited us in the first place.....we lose our first love, we get cold. You need to know this happens to all of us! We all cool off. The flames of our faith are something we must fan constantly to keep it fresh.
It means seeking out others for fellowship, time to pray and share our lives. It means setting aside time to be in the bible, just reading, to hear from God. Honestly, it's a lot like paddling upstream! It's work, it's the narrow road, it's challenging, and it's easier to do nothing....
....but when we do nothing apathy seeps into our very bones and chills us to the point we forget why we were excited about faith in the first place.
It's easy to wander, to become apathetic, to grow cold. It's a challenge to stay near the flames, to seek out community even when you don't feel like it. It's important because the greatest weapon of the enemy in our day is not outright sin...it's apathy.