Passivity, lukewarmness and negligence   2 comments



We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

The Greek word used to describe “more careful attention” is perissoterōs which means “more superabundantly”. While studying the Epistle to the Hebrews, I started to realise that Christians drift away because they are not disciplined, take things for granted and neglect their salvation.

Why such a great warning from the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews?

These Jews have heard and saw so many things. We heard hundreds of sermons, read thousands of verses is not it? But many Christians do not take seriously the teachings they received. They are like the Hebrews in the wilderness who forgot all the miracles God did in Egypt and murmured against God. Their hearts became hardened and they are bored with sermons, they start to criticise and the devil gave them logical arguments to stop going to church.

The devil will not tell a christian to leave the church, that would unveil his strategy. What he does is to send little by little his venom in the heart of Christians until the Spirit is no longer the Master.

A frog will jump out of boiling water but will remain in if the water’s temperature is increased little by little. Without realizing it, this frog is being cooked and it will be too late.

This is what James 1 says:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it they will be blessed in what they do.

Merely listening to Word is to deceive oneself. Merely listening to the Word is this: You listen to the same sermon a second time and realise that you have to take an action. Why did not you take action the first time you heard it? So consider it a grace that God reminds again. Lukewarmness is when you read these verses in James 1 and it does not really mean something to you.

Israel forgot what God said. This remembers me the thousands of verses where God blamed Israel for being unfaithful, disobeying Him and turning to other gods. It’s so easy to look back and point a finger to these Jews. If a book was to be added in the bible, I’m quite certain that the Christian’s story would be similar to them. Rebellion, disobedience, unfaithfulness would be common characteristics.

Why do many want to be blessed in what they do without doing what God wants? James says: “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it they will be blessed in what they do.”

What James said is so clear.

The verse that made me want to share about all these things above is :

The people of Israel say,”What should we bring with us when we go to worship the Lord? What should we offer the God of heaven when we bow down to him? Should we take burnt offerings to him? Should we sacrifice calves that are a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams? Will he take delight in 10,000 rivers of olive oil? Should we offer our oldest sons for the wrong things we’ve done? Should we sacrifice our own children to pay for our sins?” The Lord has shown you what is good.He has told you what he requires of you. You must treat people fairly.You must love others faithfully.And you must be very careful to live the way your God wants you to. ” Micah 6:6-8

What does God expect of you? What can you offer Him? How to serve Him? He has already told you what He wants in His Word. He wants you to love people, be fair with people, do what you know is good, be humble…




2 responses to “Passivity, lukewarmness and negligence

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  1. I love the clarity in this post. It’s quite simple really but we miss it by adding extras to the Word of God when they aren’t needed. I am aware of how I have been lukewarm, negligent and passive. It’s time to rise up now and be passionate about God and the things of God, time to burn with love and desire for Him and then pass that on to the people around us. I pray God can fire up again hearts that have been cool towards him, including mine.

  2. You’re right to say that what God asks of us is simple but we always think that it’s too simple to be true. Love people & love God are the 2 greatest commandments Jesus said. If we love people and God, there’re many things we’ll do and many things we won’t do. I like when you say that we should burn we love and pass this passion to others 😉

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