Hello, friends and new subscribers! David here. Are you up for this survival challenge? I have been up to my ears in writing research, preparing for another novel. Let me share with you a little story and example of what crises we face as Christians, and two grave threats to our spiritual survival. Travel with me first to China…
The Chinese Christian agent panted heavily as he slowed to a walk. He seemed to have lost his pursuers. Glancing back, he searched the avenue for suspicious shadows. Without a second thought, he pulled off his denim jacket and stuffed it in a nearby trash receptacle.
His problem hadn’t been that he had too much zeal in serving the Lord. Rather, he had grown comfortable moving throughout the underground churches across the country. But that night, being chased until his heart was pounding—had also chased the apathy right out of him.
Slowing his pace even more, the agent thanked the Lord for the frightening reminder to remain vigilant, regardless of momentary comforts in the flesh. Evil wasn’t taking a rest in the world, and neither could he.
Comfort and Apathy
Recently, I read in a military survival handbook that the two gravest threats to successful survival are comfort and apathy. These survival threats have parallels to a Christian’s spiritual fortitude as well.
Comfort is so dangerous because it desensitizes a person to dangers that have waned, but are still present. And Apathy is so grave because an uncaring attitude can spread to every area of life—and may even turn into a hatred against what is right and best.
Imagine a Christian who runs from one comfort to the next, or lives a life with no care about God’s truth or sharing the gospel with any souls. Truly, can such a one even be called a Christian?
As a wilderness survivor will die if comfort and apathy plague him, so will a Christian’s light burn out if he doesn’t remain vigilant, allowing God to push him in new ways to reach new people for Christ.
Let God push us from our comfort zone. We must remember our calling!
See you in the field!
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY, David shares his author reflections on his Survival Series Part V in, “Induced Condition.”