So now that we know what apathy is, how do we overcome it? The answer is through the Word of God. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Apathy really is a burden, one that covers up the light that should shine out of us. Apathy also limits what God wants to do in our lives. I know some of you are thinking, ”limit God? What are you talking about? God is all-powerful!” But that is another post, for another time.
Now, where was I? Oh, apathy is a burden. Obviously since we couldn’t keep apathy out of our lives by ourselves, there is no way we can rid ourselves of it without help. That is where God comes in. To get rid of apathy, I would say first of all you need to give your life to Jesus. I know you might be born again, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m saying let Him have all of your physical and emotional self. Tell him you are going to try to do anything He tells you. Then when He tells you something, do it! No matter how painful it is to your pride.
Next, get in the Word. Choose a plan that is best for you and what you feel the Lord is leading you to do. It doesn’t matter if you read through the Bible in a year or you read one chapter on Sunday, just read it! Make sure you are not just reading it because you have to, or because I told you to. Read it because God loves you so much that you want to know more about Him.
Also, pray all the time (1Thessalonians 5:17 says: “Pray without ceasing.”). It doesn’t matter if it ends with “amen”, just talk to Him. Talk to Him like He’s right beside you: when your little sister breaks your stuff on accident and then starts crying; or when you and your brother are in an argument; or when you get in trouble and you know you deserve it, but are embarrassed or too proud to admit you made a mistake. It doesn’t have to be a fancy prayer either, sometimes all I’ve ever said is ”I know you went through this too, help!”
This is what really jumpstarted my relationship with the Lord. Just acknowledging He’s there, all the time, with the help I needed, was enough for Him to start changing my life. When I asked for help, it was there whether I saw it or not. The Lord helped me change me, which in turn changed how I acted toward others, and that changed how they acted toward me. When we see how great the Lord is, nothing we could ever do could ever satisfy our passion for Him.
If you want to be passionate for Him, be prepared to be “content to be hungry”. When you invite Jesus into your heart, you gain access to an eternity of riches that so dulls the things of this world that you will never be content with the world’s riches (1 Timothy 6:17 says: “charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy”). Instead, you will always be satisfied with following the Lord, and you will want to trust Him further, go deeper, and know more until you reach heaven where you will know all things. Let God walk you through overcoming apathy. Trust Him with everything and listen to Him talking to you, because He is the only One who can truly help you.
That concludes Apathy: A Christian’s Worst Enemy