The word apathy means a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. We are all interested in certain things to a certain point. For example, we all worry about the clothes we’ll wear, the places we need to be, or our grades in school. It would be weird if we didn’t show any concern for even everyday things. But, have you ever noticed that even though we have so many things that we worry about, we show apathy for the spiritual?
There was a certain point in my life when I began to look around me, and I grew disappointed. I was just starting out in my beautiful relationship with the Lord. I could spend hours praying, speaking with Him and not get bored. I would run to the altar and fall to the ground crying my eyes out during worship, because I was so grateful for His love (in the meantime people stared as if I had lost my mind). I literally was falling in love with Jesus!
Unfortunately, it seemed like others around me had no concern for God and or what God was doing. It surprised me how some would show no interest in the time of worship. There was no enthusiasm for the words being spoken by the pastor. They attended church, but did know the One who instituted the church. That’s when a youth pastor taught me this prayer, “Lord, may I always be uncomfortable.
Lord, may I always be uncomfortable.
I mean, who even says that to God?!
Either way, I have been praying this prayer every day. It’s the desire of my heart to never grow apathetic about seeking God with all of my strength. Not only that, I always hope that my passion for Jesus is so great, that others around me get uncomfortable as well.
Young women, we need to be uncomfortable in our walk with God. Now, what do I mean by this?
What I mean is that if we don’t feel challenged in church, then perhaps we aren’t digging enough into the word of God. If we don’t feel convicted, then we aren’t asking the Holy Spirit to change us daily. If we aren’t feeling passionate to receive more of who He is, then we aren’t contending to really know all He is. Bottom line is, if we don’t really care anymore, something is wrong!
If we aren’t feeling passionate…then we aren’t contending to really know all He is.
At one point in the bible, a lawyer asks Jesus in order to make him look foolish, what is the greatest commandment. I love what Jesus teaches this man in Matthew 22:37.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37, ESV)
In some versions of the bible it says to love the Lord with all of your strength!
Passion for God is an everyday decision. Everyday I wake up, open my eyes and say, “God, I choose to want you more than anything else.”
So, it’s time to tell apathy that it needs to go! There is no place for it in your heart anymore. You have dreams to fulfill, this world to conquer with the love of God. You don’t have time to lose interest, rather you are ready to get up and follow Jesus. Jesus has been calling you deeper, and this time you are leaving it all behind to follow. You know that you are hungry for more, and now you are making the decision to go. You heart is fired up, God prepares your hands for battle. You can do this!
Apathy, you have cheated me out of God’s blessings enough times. You have hidden the voice of God from me. You lied to me when you told me you would make me comfortable. You told me everything was alright, when truly I was dying in the inside. You told me if I had you close, there’s was nothing else that I needed. You told me that things would never change, but it wasn’t true. You broke your promise of making me happy. Instead, you left me feeling empty.So here’s what we have to say to you: Apathy, we are breaking up with you!
Apathy, we are breaking up with you!
By Carla Lopez