In addition to my ongoing study of worship, I feel led to study another subject: apathy (I'll also probably study revival, which should occur after one shakes off apathy).
After all, can one truly worship in spirit and in truth, if one is apathetic?
I don't know--I just feel like, lately, my relationship with the Lord has gotten kind of ho-hum, flat, boring, dull. This could be due to stress, exhaustion, recent disappointments, etc. Obviously, the fault doesn't lie with God. It's me. I've gotta figure scour the Bible for the cure for apathy.
In a few quick Google searches, several sites referenced Zephaniah. It's a very short book (only 3 chapters), but there's a lot going on in there. Long story short, the Israelites were experiencing a bit of a revival, but there was still a lot of complacency and compromise going on. Many of the people had become apathetic and had developed a kind of "whatever" attitude toward God:
"And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil." - Zephaniah 1:12
So, I listened to Zephaniah last night and I got some stuff out of it, but I wanted more. So, I Googled "Zephaniah sermon index" and one of the first hits I got was:
I'm somewhat familiar with David Wilkerson, so I decided to give his sermon a listen.
WOW!!! That's all I can say! Seriously, this sermon gave me chills!
The sermon is an hour, but not a second of it is boring. I was hooked in the first 2 minutes. Wilkerson deals more with complacency and compromise within the whole body of Christ, rather than on an individual level, but it really stirred me up!
I've still got more work to do. This is only the beginning of my study on apathy and revival, but this sermon is definitely I think, for me, the beginnings of shaking off the cobwebs.