Jesus - Hope for Apathy
Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Apathy: 1. Absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement. 2. Lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.
I’ve found from past experience that it’s easy to become apathetic toward many things in life: work, school, family, friends, ministry and even God. Things in life can cause us to be apathetic and not care. Whether that’s because of hurt, lack-of-interest or selfish reasons, apathy is your choice.
Passion is the opposite of apathy. Passion is also a choice. You can choose to be excited about something. Anything for that matter. I’ve also found that when someone is passionate about something, people are attracted to that person and what they are excited about. What are you naturally passionate about? What excites you? What do you think God is excited and passionate about?
The verses listed above talk about doing our work heartily or happily for God. It also explains how when we reach out to those in need, it's as if we are doing the same to Jesus. Apathy would walk by and not even glance at the man sitting on the sidewalk. Passion will go out of its way to find him, give him food, sit down and listen/talk to him for a while.
I’m challenging you to be passionate about what you do and who you serve (even if it isn’t for the poor). Do it as if God is the only one that will see your work.
Will you choose passion over apathy today?
By: Nicholas Hanson