The Spiritual Sloth
"I will spit you out of my mouth." - Revelation 3:16 Medieval thinkers called it the "noonday demon."
Call it the doldrums, spiritual leprosy, slothfulness, or demons, this state of spiritual apathy eventually leads to boredom, discontent, hedonism, and a constant need for gratification.
A subtle spiritual malady hardens our hearts, causing us to turn from the Giver to the gifts; to glory in what we have, to want more, to never be satisfied, to love and desire things for their own sake, apart from God.
Slowly, we are changed inside, and become less and less our true selves as we turn into caricatures of who God created and gifted us to be.
Slowly, we slip from reality into unreality, anesthetizing the deepest part of our souls.
Day by day, moment by moment, choice by choice, in thousands of little ways, our passion for the Lord and our passion for the life He desires for us, are dulled.
Soren Kierkegaard, decrying the spiritual sloth of his era, wrote, "Let others complain that the age is wicked; my complaint is that it is wretched for it lacks passion....Their lusts are dull and sluggish, their passions sleepy."
No wonder Jesus said about lukewarm believers, "I will spit you out of my mouth." He wants no part of slothful spirituality, because He knows it will eventually destroy us.
The Lord hates to see any of us slip into the comfort zone, where it is easy to shift into neutral, cruise and never do anything meaningful again. That's when our spirits shrivel up, our vision dies and along with it, our hopes, dreams, and our faith.
The tragedy is, that when we choose not to pursue the 90 percent of God’s blessings, we are missing out on, we eventually lose the ten percent we already possess.
But God is always reaching out to pull us back into the blessing zone.
Please, let Him catch you.
Let Him bless you.
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