To the fellow woman of God who has accepted Christ–and was walking a great spiritual path with Him–but is no longer “feeling it” anymore; to the spiritual sister who no longer feels that living for God is “worth it” because her past pain hasn’t gone away; and for the Christian woman who is simply spiritually apathetic, this one is for you:
What is “spiritual apathy“?
When one is spiritually apathetic, they lack a desire to serve God and lose the desire to spend time with Him. These people are more in tune with their fleshy lusts and satisfy those appetites rather than being led by the Holy Spirit. As a result, they become unresponsive to the Holy Spirit. Spiritual apathy is a common problem among believers–especially babes in Christ–who haven’t learned how to die to themselves completely. It’s a daily struggle to resist the flesh…but it must be a daily practice.
Warnings about spiritual apathy…!
We are living in the book of Revelations. This means that we are living in the final hour and Jesus’ return is approaching more sooner than later. So we must keep our light burning for Him at all times. We must keep our thirst for Christ, desiring Him over material, worldly things because no one knows the day, nor the hour when He will return. Jesus will return like a thief in the night (Revelations 3:3), so stay watchful and prayerful! God is looking for souls who truly desire Him and serve Him with with their lives…are you one of those souls? Or will the Lord deny you at the gates of Heaven because you’ve always craved worldly pleasures more than Him?
“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” ~Luke 12:40
Another thing: as believers, we are constantly being observed by the world. Worldly people watch how we speak to others, how we deal with unbelievers and difficult people, how we handle stormy circumstances and so much more. We Godly ones are always being watched! Of course, we are being watched by fellow believers who are looking for fellowship and/or looking to us as a template on how to lead a Godly life. Be careful! Because if you’re spiritually apathetic and new believers are following your behavior, you will make them go astray from God. For instance, if they catch you getting turnt at a nightclub, watching horror movies, or gossiping, they may say to themselves, “hmm, if she can do these things and still love God, so can I.”
This is wrong. All believers, new and mature, should first look to God to learn how to lead a life that glorifies Him. Read the Bible. Pray. Talk to God and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you do and say (I encourage making this your daily prayer). It’s okay to observe other mature believers as a live visual of how to live for God, but we cannot solely rely on that. Remember, even mature believers still struggle with their flesh. We must first look at Jesus. Look at how He lived His life here on earth in the Gospels. He gave us a perfect example. He never dealt with spiritual apathy. We will never be perfect while living in this world, but God does desire our all. He will forgive us when we slip up, but this is not an excuse to sin intentionally.
Spiritual apathy stagnates your spiritual growth. If you are spiritually apathetic and, therefore, living a self-willed life, you won’t grow in God because you’re letting your spirit starve. Stop focusing on what you want. A lot of the time what we want is not what God wants for us! Tend to your spirit. Ask God to help you listen to your spirit’s needs. Nourish it, give it what it needs every single day and watch it grow stronger and lead you daily.
Allow God to complete His work in you (Phil. 1:6)! God calls you to come to Him for many reasons. One of the reasons is that He desires to use you to leave His mark on this world. He has already gifted you with the talents and gifts you need to bless others, even before you received salvation! But after you’ve accepted the Holy Spirit, God gives you spiritual gifts. He will reveal your spiritual gifts to you and show you how to use them to advance His kingdom. As long as you stay in tune with the Holy Spirit and keep that relationship with God alive and thriving, your gifts will only develop and get stronger. Your faith will get stronger and God will give you more courage to live out loud and love out loud for Him (I like to think of this as Godfidence)!
But if the spirit of apathy falls upon you and pulls you away from God and sucks you back into the world, you no longer desire to do what God calls you for. Feeding your flesh with things that you know displease God become more satisfying to you. Just remember this: God has begun a work in you. He will finish it before Jesus comes back. God desires to use you for His work because He knows that He has already qualified you to carry out His will for you life. You have a purpose in this life and God wants you to fulfill it before the day of the Lord!
6 Ways to combat spiritual apathy:
- Fast–take a break from anything that is distracting you from giving God your undivided attention. You can fast from certain foods; fast from technology and social media; delete those distracting apps such as YouTube, because I know those are attention leaches! But seriously, take a fast. It does the spirit wonders. Here’s why fasting is so important: it helps you spend more time with God with no unnecessary distractions and you hear His voice much more clearly. It helps you remove more impurities from your life so you can grow in God. Not only that, you find out that you can still navigate through life just as well–if not even better–without those distractions. I encourage you to fast consistently. Seek God on fasting; ask Him when He wants you to fast and what He wants you to fast from.
- Repent–repentance is not merely a repeated apology. You don’t say, “God, I’m sorry for drinking” and turn back and drink again that following weekend. Grace is not an excuse to keep sinning. When we repent, we have to turn from our sinful ways and ask God to deliver us so that we will never commit that sin again. Repent whenever the Holy Spirit convicts you, even if it’s several times a day!
- Go back–no, I don’t mean backslide, but go back to when you first grasped the Gospel and received Jesus. How did you feel? How excited were you about your conversion? About living for God and gaining His eternal promise? Go back to that excitement when you really thirsted for Jesus, eager to please Him.
- Do something daily that leads you closer to God whether it’s prayer and worship, reading the word, listening to music, or volunteering. This is a great antidote for spiritual apathy.
- Fellowship with other believers. Find mature believers who sharpen you and help you grow spiritually. Learn from their mistakes and seek spiritual counsel from them if you feel led.
- Keep growing in Christ!! Stay connected with God, bathe in His love, and adhere to His word. Doing this daily will get you back on your spiritual feet, help you exercise your spirit so it is strong for God.
Lastly, in the words of Apostle Paul, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” ~Philippians 1:9-11