Life is war! The battle is for the affections of our hearts. These are staples in the life of a Christian. Why is it then that when I try to explain this to a friend, who is a Christian by confession, and he looks at me as if I'm speaking Greek?
Have you ever slapped a loved one in the face in order to wake them up? Have you ever shaken somebody by the scruff of the neck and talked to them nose to nose in order to relay the urgency of the situation at hand. Sometimes that is what we need. Sometimes we need a brother in the battle to get our attention and to help us get back in the fight.
Know a brother or sister in the faith who is struggling? Know a loved one battling with apathy and losing? Do them a favor and kick them in the pants, point out the army approaching them that they haven't noticed, and point them to the ultimate Commander in Chief. There is a place in the battle for them, sometimes they just need a little help finding it.
While in the midst of writing this I had another brother call me, expressing his current condition of losing the battle with apathy and feeling hard hearted. A loving smack on the head was what this brother needed. Hey bro, this life is war! Why aren't you fighting? What's that, you don't know any decent battalions (churches) to join? Well then come with me, I'll take you to one. Bro don't be surprised by the fiery trials that are assailing you and remember that our God makes even those trials work for our good. He knows what He's doing, and He's not done with you yet. Put on your armor, grab your weapon, it's time to get back into the fray.