“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Rom 12:11).
Having noted that an attitude of spiritual apathy, neglect or indifference is both dangerous and very common among true Christians, we devote some focus to recognising the signs and symptoms thereof. One such sign is spiritual atrophy. This refers to the progressive decline of one’s spiritual muscles or faculties due to disuse or neglect. Many believers’ faith muscles have become weak through neglect. Many saints’ prayer muscles have atrophied due to a minimal devotional life. Many believers’ spiritual senses have tragically become blunt through disuse: “Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your spiritual hearing and sluggish even slothful in achieving spiritual insight” (He 5:11 AMP). However, the Bible clearly teaches that our senses become more and more effective through practice (He 5:14). I urge you to visit your spiritual gym frequently. Work on your charismata. Train your discernment. Polish your witnessing skills. Exercise your faith. Discipline your passions. Practice holiness. And be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.