The majority of people who draw breath in this world are not passionate about much. Many live lives of apathy and indifference concerning the possibility of making a difference for others, or even for themselves. There is a sense that one is unable to affect the circumstances our outcomes which have already been started into motion by unknown or known sources.
We walk by broken people every day. There are folks with whom we interact daily, who suffer silently because they believe nobody wants to hear their story. Others seek help or are open to intervention, but we don’t know what to say, or feel we might say or do something to cause them even more grief. Sadly, we are very often either too lazy or selfish to make a positive impact, or to just take the time to listen to another’s problems.
The scriptures tell us that for believers indifference is inconsistent with what we profess as followers of Christ.
1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. (Galatians 6:1-3)
In order to help someone who is struggling with sin, we must be involved enough in their lives to have permission to talk about more than superficial issues. This only occurs when we have become vulnerable to one another. It means we have invested time, emotion and love in a relationship. We must also be “godly,” another way to describe someone seeking the righteousness of Christ.
If we remain indifferent to the physical, spiritual, emotional or financial needs of others, we are not godly, but have fooled ourselves into believing that only we are important in this journey called life. I would go even farther and declare unapologetically that anyone who refuses to be God’s hand, heart, ears or help outreached to someone in need is not a believer at all.
If you need to check your indifference at the altar so that you can be used by God to make a difference for his kingdom, he is waiting with open arms to forgive you and use you for his glory. We all think that we are more important than we really are. A little humility and a quick look around may present you with an opportunity to help someone find hope in Christ. Don’t waste another minute. Someone may be waiting for you so that their struggle can end in the victory provided by Jesus.