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04/17/2013

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Spiritual Apathism


"I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were either one or the other" (Rev.3:15).

It seems that when all is well and when people are materially fortunate, that it is easier to become spiritually apathetic. Today's verse from the Book of Revelation is directed to a church in Asia. Specifically to a church in the city of Laodicea. During this time, it was one of the riches cities in the Roman Empire. Maybe that gives us some insight as to why the people where apathetic. These are the words of the Lord to the Israelites from the Book of Deuteronomy. "When you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine homes and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who bought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery" (8:13-14). This apathetic attitude has always existed, especially when things are humming along. How can we forget the man in the gospel of Luke who, after a bumper crop, decided to tear down his barns to build larger ones. He said: "I have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry" (12:8). To the Laodiceans, Jesus said; " I will spit you out of my mouth." To the Israelites He said: "Do not be stiff-necked any longer." To the man in Luke 12 Jesus said: "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you." The worst possible times to become apathetic toward the Lord are the good ones. It is in these times that we ought to be the most grateful. It is during these times that we should realize the wellspring of our blessings. Maybe people don't get the desired response from the Lord in times of need, because they are not appreciative in the times of plenty. We should remember the Lord always, especially when things are good....

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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