Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.1 Corinthians 15:34 (NLT)
Oops! It’s an expression we’ve all uttered at some point or another. Whether we’re walking down the hall and trip over our own feet or we drop a plate full of food at potluck, we all have “oops” moments in life. Mistakes happen. Everyone laughs. We cry. We move on.
Then there are the things in life that are not oops moments, but “I don’t care” moments. I don’t care moments are pretty much what they sound like. Let’s say you’re rocking your brand new pair of sunglasses that you absolutely love when someone makes a comment like, “Those are hideous!” Our response, “I don’t care what you think. They are awesome!” Or, maybe you pick up a piece of food from the floor in the cafeteria and eat it. Everyone else thinks it’s gross. “Eh, I don’t care.” We are confident that we are doing something that is OK, even if others don’t agree.
But, there is another type of “I don’t care” that actually destroys us. These types of I don’t cares happen when we rebel against what God is asking us to do in our lives. It usually goes something like this. “God, I know you are calling me to stop looking a pornography, but I like it. I don’t care what you think.” Or even, “God, I know you call us to come together and worship, but I just want to do my own thing. I don’t care about your church.” Or, “God, I know you don’t want me to date this person, but I don’t care. I like him/her.” Or maybe, “God, I know you call me to give back 10% as tithe, but I don’t care. I earn my money, I’ll keep my money.”
This verse puts it plainly. When we say “I don’t care” about the things God cares about, we need to check ourselves. Not only do these types of I don’t cares cause us to risk eternity, but they severely damage our relationship with Jesus. In fact, Paul (he wrote this verse) says something rather harsh. He says people who say I don’t care to God “don’t know God at all.”
Today, take an inventory of the things God cares about. There’s a lot of them found in the Bible. Now, compare it to the things in your life. How do they match up? If they don’t. Ditch them. Recapture “I don’t care.” Instead, let it become “I don’t care about the things that pull me away from God.”