Sunday we began looking at the things that Jesus would Un-do and first out of the gate was Apathy or Indifference. Apathy/Indifference: is when you lack motivation to do anything or you just don't care about what's going on around you. Apathy, when it comes to living out an example of Jesus in our everyday lives is not a new thing to any of us. I mentioned Sunday that I feel that it has really shown its self through this pandemic. You do you, and I’ll do me and let’s just get through this life and hope that whatever happens next is better than this.
Our key verse for this series is found in Ephesians 5:1, "Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because are His dear children." Did Jesus hide from the leaper, from those who were sick, those who were in true need, from those that society had cast off? Did he tells us hide away in our homes and only look out for us? No. He was willing, just as we should be willing to risk it all for the sake of seeing one more person coming to know Him and the salvation that He brought to earth through His life, death and Resurrection.
Caring only for ourselves and our family only breeds apathy towards the things of God in our lives. Revelation 3:15-16, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth." When we think we can make it on our own and rely on just our own self-sufficiency we are ripe for apathy. Verse 17, "You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.'
When we allow the distractions of this world to get our eyes off of Jesus we are ripe for apathy. Mark 4:19 reminds us, "But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for others things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful." So are you apathetic? If you are know that there is something you can do to reignite the spiritual fire. Everyday, do something that requries faith. Do something, that only with God's help that you can do. Allow Him to help you reach out to someone in need. To share you faith, your story of what God has done and IS doing within you right now. Give to someone that you think, 'there is no way I can do this!?!' Have faith that God will help meet that need and your own need.
Finally, spend time with Jesus. Open your hearts door once again to Him. Revelation 3:20, "Here I am! i stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me." I hope you have had a great week in Jesus and that you are allowing His Spirit to search your heart and trying to live out imitating Him in all you do.
Looking forward to week 2 and hope to see you in person or via the LIVE Stream.
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene