~Paul Nygard

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb 10.24-25)

 

            Take a moment to consider the Christians you know and have known throughout your life. I am almost positive that there will be some people on your list who used to be extremely active in the church. Now they do not attend at all. I have wondered, what must have happened in their lives that they are now able to completely ‘tune out’ God?

            In truth, there are many reasons people use to try and justify turning away from God. Perhaps someone in the family was ill and they needed to be taken care of, or maybe one’s profession became too burdensome. Could their faith have been shaken by some false teaching? Hopefully it is not because ‘someone got upset with someone else’ and they never even tried to talk about it.

            Whatever the reason or excuse may be, most people who become unfaithful seem to have something in common. They miss giving and receiving that spiritual stimulation that is so important to our lives, or at least, they missed it at first. Now, with time, they simply are accustomed to not having it.

            Warning!!! Apathy is just one way that the devil works in our lives. Just like Novocain, apathy deadens the hurt and loss felt by the heart. This deceitfulness can sneak up on us quietly and work slowly. What was once painful in missing God and His people, now are forgotten. This is just one way sin works in the hearts of once godly people.

            So let us consider one another and stir up each other’s hearts to acts of love and good works, especially in worship to God. It may be also that it is your phone call, your hug, your visit, and your love or compassion that rekindles the flame for God in someone. Won’t you consider and act on God’s behalf so that a soul may be saved today?

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