Summary: Has your daily life destroyed your love of living. Apathy and half-heartedness has stolen our first love. King Jehoahaz took lightly the old preacher's plan for a complete victory. Does your zeal show?
APATHY: HALF-HEARTED: WHAT DO I DO TO CHANGE….
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
AGREE OR DISAGREE: ONLY I CAN CHANGE MY LIFE. NO ONE ELSE CAN DO IT FOR ME?
We recently discussed PURPOSE. Who designs your life plan? You can never accomplish what you fail to have a vision to accept. An old teacher named Edith Walton told me when I started teaching: DO YOUR BEST AND FORGET THE REST. GET REAL: A GOOD LIFE IS ABOUT GOOD EFFORT. You make the decision of YOUR PRIORITIES and how much you are willing to pay to IMPROVE YOUR SPIRITUAL DEBT TO GOD.
YOU MAKE THE CHOICE OF GOOD, BETTER OR BEST. I have an old friend that says: I TRY TO BE GOODER TODAY THAN I WAS YESTERDAY. Be honest: WHAT KIND OF EFFORT ARE YOU GIVING? We face great danger when we get GOOD AT OFFERING EXCUSES of forever staying the same.
*APATHY: lack of interest, lacking enthusiasm, little concern, no motivation, lacking desire.
In the mid 70’s I traveled playing southern gospel music. We traveled many miles to West Virginia for Friday, Saturday and Sunday services. We had a great weekend but we were tired from all the travel. Let me show my immaturity. On Sunday morning we played at 2 services. Everyone bragged over and over about the lead guitar player’s picking. Not one person bragged about my bass picking. Don’t they know the bass is the foundation of the music? We traveled 10 hours and got home late at night. I never said a word, but I simmered until I was well done. I got off the bus in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee and my wife picked me up. I loaded my Fender Bass in the VW Beetle and drove the 20 miles home. I was fuming. No one bragged on my picking. I told my wife when we got home I was going to splinter that bass on a fence post. I quit. She never said a word. As I was pulling in the driveway, Linda said: HONEY YOU CANNOT DESTROY THE BASS! I said why? She said you still owe a thousand dollars on it. Good answer. WHO ARE YOU PICKING FOR?
I was taking an art appreciation class at LMU. One of the requirements was we had to spend time in the library to listen to great masterpieces. One of the masters was LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, a world class tenor singer. As I was looking up the material I RAN ACROSS THE ALBUM “THE UNASHAMED ACCOMPANIST”… He was called a music artist, GERALD MOORE. MOORE’S name was never greatly known. He played classical piano for many of the world’s greatest opera singers. PAVAROTTI’s sound would have never been world class without the piano player named MOORE. He was the UNASHAMED ACCOMPANIST.
I was at practice that week and traveled years playing the bass… for I learned I too was an UNASHAMED ACCOMPANIST. Thank you God for helping me grow up.
APATHY GROWS FROM THE HEART OF BITTER HURT PEOPLE.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Many people believe God’s plan is like a Whopper at Burger King… HAVE IT YOUR WAY? Your purpose, God’s plan is that our priority system and guidance will seek God’s direction. Can we see what God is trying to do? Quit falling for the lie that life is about me. I just want to be happy? We need a DIVINE REVELATION THAT APATHY AND HALF-HEARTEDNESS SPIRITUAL LIVING WILL COST DEARLY. DANGER!
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
LIVING WITH A HALF-HEARTED, NO EFFORT, NO CONCERN, NO MOTIVATION, NO EFFORT, NO ENERGY CAN COST MORE THAN YOU DESIRE TO PAY. LIFE SHOULD COME WITH A WINNING SPIRIT AND A WINNING MENTALITY.
Numbers 32:11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed me:
If you do what you do as a chore and labor each day can become bitterness and hollowness. Do we honestly love what we are doing? Do we enjoy straddling the fence? Are we approaching life at 100%?
*Half-hearted: NO REAL EFFORT, NO INTEREST, NO DETERMINATION, having little to no excitement, without enthusiasm or energy, indifferent, apathetic, NO ONE CARES. To do daily menial chores without any effort, interest, or enthusiasm. It is lacking in heart, no spirit
JEHOAHAZ (ja-HO –a- haz) THE HALF-HEARTED KING… WE KNOW THE OLDER PREACHER HAS LIVED A VICTORIOUS LIFE. ONE OF THE KING’S ADVISORS RECOMMENDED JOASH SPEND SOMETIME WITH THE DYING PREACHER… ELISHA…