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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Spiritual Indifference”
People become indifferent to what’s going on around them, especially in the spiritual world, which produces laziness toward the things of God.
We see this indifference within the church when Jesus addressed the Laodicean church. They were no longer fully following God, and He calls them lukewarm and tells them of their fate.
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus instructed Peter to watch and pray. But three times He had to wake up Peter.
“Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?” (Mark 14:37)
Like Peter we get lethargic. Good habits like praying, reading God’s word, and fellowship fly right out the window. We say, “I just don’t have time for that right now. Maybe later!”
In Israel they would build watchtowers. The purpose was to watch out for the enemy or anything else that may be harmful.
We need to set up watchtowers in our lives, especially in those areas where we are weak and susceptible to attack.
Keeping watch, however, is not easy. It’s tiring work because it’s harder to do what is right than it is to do what’s wrong. Right takes energy, while wrong takes no effort whatsoever. With such an outlay of energy, it isn’t hard to imagine our developing an apathetic indifference to the things of God.
We need to constantly plug into heaven’s power on a daily basis through prayer, reading God’s word, and asking for the Holy Spirit to fill us.
We need to keep watch, because in this life there’s a whole lot of stress, which is why Jesus said, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38)
We have to keep up our guard, because when we let it down due to apathy and indifference, the enemy comes in to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
Wednesday Evening Bible Study