Many who appear to be apathetic Christians are in actual fact bored, burned-out or broken by religion. Any excitement that they once had as believers has long been snuffed out by what has masqueraded as Christianity, but really isn’t.

Bored

Instead of a dynamic relationship with Jesus that’s shared with other believers, they’ve been restricted to pews, messages and tea. They’re ever learning, but never really fully participating. Feeling uninvited and restricted for too long, some are now totally uninspired by what even the “best” preachers are saying and missionaries are doing.

Burned-out

Others are simply burned-out, having been burdened by the church to attend all sorts of meetings, behave in set ways and, to top it off, reach the lost. Operating outside of their calling, gifting and in their own strength for too long, they resemble sheep driven like cattle with overloaded wagons.

Now, if this is how we operate, it’s no wonder many outsiders see the sham that much of Christianity is and stay disinterested.

Broken

Then, sadder still, from among those who are bored and burned-out are those who have left their first love, mistakenly thinking Jesus to be the same as the church that had hurt or disappointed them.  They’ve turned to the world to find satisfaction, only to be broken by its empty promises.

Recognize yourself?

Maybe you’re a part of the masquerade. Maybe even leading it. If so, how long before you are a casualty too?

Blessed

Whatever your condition, to each of His servants Jesus says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light!” This tells me that Jesus Himself wants to employ us, and with something that’s not harsh and burdensome, but instead a delight. Now, tell me, doesn’t that have the potential to interest you!?

False religion will cause you to lose out, while Jesus will empower you to serve Him and leave you supremely blessed (happy to be envied).

Rob Morley