In the previous post I pointed out seven symptoms of one of the most dangerous spiritual diseases—apathy.
A diagnose without a cure, however, is unhelpful.
The direct counsel Christ Himself gave to the church at Laodicea was to humble themselves in repentance and recognize their need for Christ:
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.—Revelation 3:17–19
How can you as a pastor lead a church in applying this counsel to the areas where apathy is beginning to manifest itself?
The first step is to recognize the need. The second is to humbly cry out to God—for direction as you lead and for His conviction in those you lead.
From there, here are some practical applications to help combat the natural drift toward apathy that every Christian and church battles. Each of these relates to the symptoms mentioned in the previous post. (more…)