Why You Should Weep

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God does not grade how bad a sin is on a scale of 1 – 10. For example. God does not consider murder greater than lying or adultery greater than stealing. God considers all sin the same because all sin, regardless of how big or small you think it is, still offends the Holy, Almighty, Majestic, Sovereign God.

When it comes to being the church, it is easy to have a tendency to believe that ministry is for other people. With this mindset, you are in danger of the mindset that passages of Scripture such as Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 are for the pastor, “because that is what he is paid to do.”
Is it really?

The pastor is to lead by example and if you do not know how to do something, he should come alongside and help you until you are able to do it yourself. However, God never intended for the pastor to be the only person in a church to do ministry.
     And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.(Ephesians 4:11-14 ESV)

When you believe the lie that the only people in a church that are supposed to do the work of the ministry, you are in danger of becoming stagnant. Stagnation leads to death. Let me say it a little bit better:
Stagnation leads to apathy.

You are apathetic when:
  • When you become disconnected from your city and you lose sight of the lost people in your area, you end up not caring.
  • When you think money solves every problem.
  • When a missionary comes to your church and you think that you are glad that it’s not you.
  • You do not care about the church as a whole. You are not concerned with the church in Africa, Scotland, England, Australia, or China.
  • You do not care about women and children involved in sex trafficking or hungry children, people without clean water, or the homeless because you are not directly affected by it.
  • You are more interested in the world’s definition of success than God’s definition of success.
  • You care more about your children’s financial success than their relationship with Jesus.
  • You pursue the American dream at the neglect of your own spiritual walk.
  • You judge lost people because they don’t act like what you think a Christian is supposed to act like. Remember lost people don’t know they need Jesus.
  • You are not interested in discipling another believer because that is somebody else’s job.

If any of the things in this list are true for you, you should weep.

Pray that God would punch you in the soul and break you.
Pray that God would give you a compassionate spirit.
Pray that God would give you an opportunity to serve in your church.
Learn then teach. Disciple others.
Do not starve the spirit in you. Feed it.
Pursue Jesus. Chase Him. Desire to be conformed to His image.
Love God with your whole being.
Take the Bible more seriously than you already do.
Do not neglect the encouragement and fellowship of other believers.
Pray that God would remind you that you were once a lost sinner apart from Jesus.
Pray that God would wreck you with the gospel.
God break our hearts of stone and give us hearts that are soft and tender. Help us to love like You love and have compassion for what you have compassion. Help us to both understand and have grace and mercy. Help us to pursue Jesus with reckless abandon regardless of the risk and help us to be passionately unashamed of the gospel.
What is an area in your life where God has shown you that you might be apathetic? Share in the comments.