November 25, 2013


            If your doctor says, “This study shows that you have a tumor.  We need to do a biopsy to see if it cancerous.” Suppose you respond by saying, “No, I’m not in a hurry.  Perhaps some time next year I’ll come in for that.” That’s indifference.  It is a failure to take seriously something that could have serious consequences.

It is alarming when people of the world are indifferent to the seriousness of their spiritual condition.  When someone explains to them that They are condemned to hell because of their sins, but that Jesus gave his life on the cross in a cruel death so they can have forgiveness for their sins, a new abundant life, and the assurance of a home in heaven if they receive Christ as their Savior, one would think they would say, “Yes, I want that.” Unfortunately they often say, “No not now, perhaps some time later.  Give me time to think about it.” That too is indifference.

Salvation from the eternal condemnation of God requires faith.  It isn’t something that can be proven scientifically.  Most unsaved people can look back on their past life and say, “I haven’t been all that bad.  Surely God will be satisfied with me.” They judge by the world’s standards, not by God’s

Spiritual indifference stems from a lack of faith in God’s Word, the Bible.  People don’t take it seriously.  They call it “the good book” and give it lip service.  For the most part, for them, it’s just another book.  For those who are in hell, it’s too late to take God’s Word seriously   Over and over they must be saying to themselves, “What a fool I was for being indifferent to the written revelation of God.”

By faith we must accept the Bible as divine revelation and absolute truth.  Apart from faith, fulfilled prophecy gives us much reason to believe that the Bible is divine revelation.  Another confirmation that the Bible is divine revelation is the fact that those who take heed to its teaching manifest a high level of moral purity and integrity.

The promise of eternal life is not the only thing that indifferent people miss.  They also miss the abundant life that Jesus offers to those who follow him.  John 10:10 says “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  That is more than enough of that which makes life worth living. They also miss the advantage of fellowship with God’s people and with God.  I John 1:1-4 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;   (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)    That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

The unsaved aren’t the only ones who are guilty of being indifferent.  Many of God’s people stop short of enjoying the full blessing of being an obedient child of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Don’t be indifferent to all the good things God has placed at your disposal.  You may think you are enjoying life.  Maybe you are.  I can’t be a judge of that.  I’m convinced, however, that you could be enjoying life much more if you were a child of God and an active member of a good Bible teaching church.

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