G o d w a n t s s o m u c h
m o r e t h a n “m e h”
f r o m o u r l i v e s .
Caring is a choice, and a very hard one sometimes – but checking out bears a much more devastating price.
Yesterday as I was walking around, I saw multiple tween and teenage young adults with shirts that said things like,
“I just really don’t care”
“Talk to me never”
It sparked a discussion between me and the Lord, as I’ve been seeing a trend towards apathy among young adults. It’s almost expected to see a lack of concern or care among adolescents about spiritual things, but what I’ve been noticing is a far-reaching mindset that promotes this bottom line:
“I don’t care.
If it isn’t directly affecting me at this very second,
I don’t care about it.”
Is this kind of mindset healthy for a believer in the Lord Jesus? As a disciple, does this give glory to God and push me closer to Him? It isn’t hard to see that it doesn’t, but I’d like to state why from a Biblical basis for 3 main reasons. “Checking out” in this way
- Causes us to gloss over sin
- Breeds selfishness
- Calls God a liar
G L O S S I N G O V E R S I N
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. | Proverbs 14:12
I know there are days when vegging out in front of the TV or eating that whole gallon of ice cream in the freezer is the easiest thing to do… we all get tired and weak. The problem that arises in giving into those weaker moments is that it creates a pattern of minimizing the seriousness of sin. Sin is a big deal to God, and each time we say, “meh, I don’t think it’s that big a deal to watch that dirty TV show” or “maybe it won’t hurt to spread that information to a couple friends” or “I can indulge my fantasies for a little bit…” it glosses over the very sin the Lord Jesus Christ died for.
S E L F – W O R S H I P
Checking out of the concerns and needs of others is one of the most common displays of selfishness we can express. Scripture states that in the last days, individuals will choose to worship themselves and do what pleases themselves rather than God:
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God… | 2 Timothy 3:1-4
Sound familiar, much? Selfishness isn’t always loud and obnoxious, it can disguise itself as a lack of care or as self-deprecation. Self-loving is really just self-worship. Self-loathing is really just self-worship. Look out and look up. Checking out can have lasting consequences in our friendships, churches, families, and our walk with God.
D E N Y I N G G O D
For He wounds, but He binds up; He shatters, but His hands heal. | Job 5:18
God does not have an attitude of ambivalence about us. He cares immensely about us and desires us to lean into His very character: that which is unchanging, full of compassion, and loving. He desires that we have a righteous distaste for sin. When we check out, we say (whether consciously or unconsciously) that God isn’t real – that He doesn’t really care, that all this doesn’t matter. We deny His power and the sweet security of His loving heart by choosing to live in a pattern of nonchalance.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? | 1 John 3:17
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts and kindness… | Colossians 3:12a
In all things, it’s not about us “mustering up” change in our our hearts and lives, it’s about yielding to the Lord Jesus and allowing Him to do what He wants. On our own, we cannot produce the kind of true change that only the Spirit can produce.
If you see this “meh” sort of attitude in your own life (as I have many times in my own), I want to encourage you to ask God to do soul-surgery in your heart. Ask Him to care like He cares.
C O M E T O H I M
E V E N I F Y O U ” F E E L ” A P A T H E T I C .
Do it anyways. It may not “feel” pleasant at first, but it is so very worth it. Jesus loves and cares for you, and He wants us to have that same loving and caring heart. He is better, my friends!