Am I Getting Weak? Pt.1

Posted by on Aug 26, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent. Revelation 2:4-5

Have you ever said “I’m just not as strong as I used to be”? It might happen as we are doing some type of physical activity that we realize this or an injury or sickness makes us weak for a period of time. Physical weakness is quickly detected in most instances, however becoming spiritually weak is oftentimes far more subtle.

One symptom of spiritual weakness is if the account of the cross doesn’t move us (Acts 2:37). The fact that the only begotten son of God died that horrific death for my sin should touch me in a way that motivates me to a life of faith, trust, and obedience (Acts 2:42-47). It is a fact that most right-thinking folk will display love and loyalty to those who have done so much for them (Rom 5:8). Devotion should grow as time passes and keep our focus looking ahead, even to eternity (2 Tim 1:12).

The book of Judges certainly points out that we can be guilty of losing interest after something we realize we should desire has been attained (Judges 2:18-19). This childish attitude has led many to become weak if the faith feels as though they have attained all that’s needed and fail to press on. How sad and totally unscriptural that mindset is. Rather the apostle Paul by inspiration stated. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Php 3:14).

We are getting weak if we become disinterested in the worship service or activities of the church. Well before COVID became a concern, works of the church such as the Bible Bowl and the monthly 3rd Sunday Singings were on a dramatic decline. I have spoken for three or four years now in a nearby Summer Series and the reason stated by the Elders for hosting a Summer Series is “We had to do something to get members back in the door on Wednesday evening through the summer months and having guest speakers is the best way we have found to accomplish that”. Folks, that’s where we are at! I have found nothing better for my soul than coming together with those of like precious faith (Heb 10:25-27). How sad that so many are inviting weakness in by simply not coming together at the appointed times.

Lastly, we are getting weak if we are not working on getting stronger. I must commit myself to becoming a strong soldier of Christ and growing each day (2 Tim 2:1-4). The gains are made when the discipline and effort are put forth (2 Tim 2:15).

By Jason Barger

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