In this age where we are encouraged to be indifferent to those around us, Jesus leads us to be not be indifferent to what he is doing in us, in our church and in our world.
relationships, marriages, children, churches, corporations, and even countries. (Indifference rubs off.)
In Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical novel, The Town Beyond the Wall
How a human being can remain indifferent.”
His face “was gazing out, reflecting no pity, no pleasure, no shock, not even anger or interest. Impassive, cold, impersonal. The face was indifferent to the spectacle.”
If I do my thing and you do yours, we stand in danger of losing each other and ourselves. We are fully ourselves only in relation to each other. I do not find you by chance, I find you by an active life of reaching out.
Indifference is a deadly sin—forever a spectator on the sidelines of life.
Distractions keep us from our purpose, Companies take all your time, trade you perks
Stress – High pressure causes indifference
Taking for granted – Marriage killer
Mark 4:14-20 The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
You might be a good speaker, but that’s not the real goal. I don’t want to be the best speaker
Do you love people so much that it hurts? That you sacrifice?
Revelation 2:4,5 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.
Forsaking your “first love” means you have forsaken Christ in all the busyness of life. Christ is no longer front and center of who you are and what you are about. Your life has become about something else.
What did they do at first that will help us see how our affections can be stirred for Jesus Christ?
You embraced Christ. You came to Christ. You treasured him and found your joy in him.
The gospel is not a doctrine of tongue, but of life. . . . Our religion will be unprofitable if it does not change our heart, pervade our manners, and transform us into new creatures.
So my question is this: Are you pursuing an affectionate relationship with Jesus Christ while simultaneously confessing and divulging practices and building a defense against your iniquities?
you might get confused and think that grace makes sin safe, and it doesn’t.
It’s been my experience that my weaknesses do far more to push us into holiness than my strengths.
“Sometimes I’ll be backstage, and I’ll just peek out and look at people’s faces, and I’ll say to God, ‘God, I really love these people, and I want them to know you and love you and serve you in a greater way, so please give me the words that would love them best.’ Sometimes, though, I look out at the people, and I pray, ‘God, I don’t really care. I don’t feel any affection,
Date night, bring work home.
All obligation, no relationship
Expectations – The practical way though this is relational, not religion