Rx for Passivity

One of the tragic realities that must be faced by those who know the Lord is that of growing cold, indifferent and/or passive. Routine, an inadequate devotional life, distractions from what counts for eternity, etc. all lead to becoming passive. How can this be cured? We need, as the saying goes to “stop and smell the roses.” We need to stop; to think, to meditate. We have been forgiven and the penalty has been paid for a beyond astronomical amount of sin and wickedness, including ours. If we hope to know the wonder of being saved, we have to get some sense of the absolute evil of sin and then, the immeasurable vastness of His love and grace. Consider these thoughts from Rev. H. J. Zelley’s hymn, “He Rolled the Sea Away:” “When Israel out of bondage came, a sea before them lay; My Lord reached down His mighty hand and rolled the sea away. Before me was a sea of sin so great I feared to pray; My heart’s desire the Savior read, and rolled the sea away.” Our hearts must become detached from much that is worthless and become “caught up” in the wonder and thrill of a vital relationship with our God and Savior. We need to love, worship and obey Him Who gave His life on a criminal’s cross to rescue us from eternal torment in Hell. What a crime to grow passive about love like that! “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”  (Romans 5:8-9). William Cowper shows us the path to revival in his hymn, “O for a Closer walk with God.” He wrote, “Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and His Word? Return, O holy Dove, return, sweet messenger of rest; I hate the sins that made Thee mourn and drove Thee from my breast. The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be, help me to tear it from Thy throne and worship only Thee.” Selah! Do we need revival? Do we want it bad enough? Are we ready to put Him first? If so, He will restore the wonder!  Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 


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