Apathetic Slavery

5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: 6 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 7 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 8 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.” ~ Isaiah 39:5-8NIV

When Hezekiah’s life was on the line, he pleaded and begged. He sought God and repented of his sin. There was a change within him because it was his life that was directly affected, but when it came to his descendants being punished for his actions, he didn’t care. His actions would condemn his descendants, but because it wasn’t him, he believed it was a good word. Isn’t this us today?

The spirit and stronghold of apathy has gripped the Church, and it refuses to let go. We don’t care about an issue that’s banging down the doors of our fellow Christians because it isn’t directly affecting us. It isn’t banging down our door right now; we’re not concerned, so we don’t stand up and fight. There is nothing that will destroy the Church like apathy because, through apathy, anything can come in and enslave the Church.

Dear LORD, please give me a heart that cares. A heart that breaks for my fellow Christians. A heart that is never gripped by apathy. Please break my heart for what breaks Yours. Teach me to stand for what’s right, even if it doesn’t directly affect me. Help me to be a more faithful follower each and every day. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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