One cause of apathy
Apathy among Christians is one of the greatest problems facing the church in the 21st century. Some Christians are apathetic to sharing the gospel, loving people, caring about society, and a whole laundry list of other things. While I believe there are many reasons for our apathy, it seems that there is one common denominator among those who are apathetic. We believe the lie that says, since we are only one person, we can’t have an impact on society.
We avoid doing the good works that God has planned for us, because we don’t believe anyone or anything will be changed based on what we do. Even though that completely contradicts the true meaning of faith… “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 We do not see how anyone or anything will be changed, so we do not act. That is not faith!
There are times when people may tell you that you can’t accomplish something because you are only one person. That is only a partial truth. Yes, of course you are only one person, but the implication is that you cannot have any affect on society because you are only one person. Have we forgotten that we serve a might God?
Individuals from the past
William Wilberforce was only one man. Wilberforce opposed the slave trade while serving in Parliament during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, when almost no one else around him supported abolition. He said, “So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the [slave] trade’s wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.” And he never rested until God did a mighty work through him by abolishing the slave trade.
When being commanded to go to Egypt, Moses responded to God’s commands with excuses. He said, “…Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 In other words, Moses was saying that he couldn’t do what God wanted him to do on his own. In a sense, Moses was right. He couldn’t do it on his own. However, God could do it through him.
Esther was only one woman. Mary was only one woman. Noah was only one man. Abraham was only one man. David was only one man. Daniel was only one man. Paul was only one man. One man or one woman can accomplish great things if he or she is fully committed to his or her relationship with God. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
We have common ground
What did these biblical and historical men and women have in common? It’s what we all have in common. We were all created by an amazing, perfect God, who lavishly loves us. One man died on the cross for the sin of the world. Jesus did what no one else could do because he is God in the flesh. Jesus was obedient to his father in heaven and took the burden of sin upon himself for our gain. Do you know him as your lord and savior?
Trust in the mighty power of God in everything you do. Stop settling for a the status quo and start trusting in God’s greatness. Stop believing the lie that you are alone and can’t accomplish anything, and instead know that you serve a perfectly righteous and all powerful God. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13