The greatest sin I feel is that of indifference. Indifference shows no importance. It bestows little or no concern. For over a week on my new job, I passed by my fellow co-workers sitting at their desks and never acknowledged their existence. One day my spirit asked me how was it that when I passed by I looked straight ahead and not once did I turn and give my co-workers a nod or a hello? Why didn’t I acknowledge their existence?
How often in our daily walks do we come across situations and people where we look straight ahead and acknowledge no one or nothing? Ahead, we see an unfortunate person in unfortunate circumstances. As we come closer, what do we do? Do we even look at the person, or are we indifferent to their circumstance? When we hear of others in need … What do we do? Do we offer to help? Are we so vain of heart and spirit that we think that could not ever be us? Money is not a protector. Could not our circumstances change where we are on the other side, and we become the ones who are looked upon as having no importance? The world, at present, is changing. We do not know what the future holds. Are we so stuck in our own little world where helping someone … someone we don’t know, someone unfortunate, someone in need … helping them, however which way you choose … is not a choice for us? A kind word, a nod of the head, a helping hand or do you pass by and look straight ahead? Do you care; are you concerned? When you see someone in need, do you feel compassion; do feel compelled to do something and do it, or are you indifferent?
What if God were indifferent toward each of us? What if we were of no importance to Him? What if He showed little or no concern for us, for our children, our spouses, for our prayers, our souls and our needs? What if He were like us? Indifferent. Scripture tells us to love our neighbor. Love does not live in indifference. Dikembe Mutombo, the NBA basketball player lives by the words, “God gives us time in the world. We have a duty to fulfill that time, to make a difference.” I tell you, we cannot make a difference in this world being indifferent.
Mark 12: 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Romans 13: 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor.
James 2: 5 – 6 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor.
Father, let me believe in You. Help me in my areas of disbelief. Reveal Christ Jesus to me in a profound way. Let me practice loving my neighbor. Let me not ever be indifferent to the plight or circumstance of others, no matter how great or small, for I never know who You might put across my path. Let me make a positive and caring difference with those whom I come across. Thank You for being the loving Father You are. Who am I that you care so much for me? You care so much for me; why should I not care the same for others? Galatians 6: 7 – 9 “… Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. … Let us not become weary in doing good. …Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submitted via email distribution June 17, 2008.