Posts Tagged ‘burnout’

  

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ NLT)

If you play tennis, the name Andre Agassi needs no introduction. Although he’s been retired for a while, he was the superstar extraordinaire of the courts. But did you know he actually hated the game?! In his own autobiography, he revealed, “I play tennis for a living even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have.”

Everyone hates their job at some point or level. But what about the active Christian? Burnout is actually a common problem among those that carry the Cross. But burnout stems from a deeper problem: by relying on one’s own strength instead of a strength born exclusively from the intimate relationship with the God of our Calling and Equipping. Unplug from the source and you will never make it!

Our Bible verse tells us that it is God who gives you the “know how” and the “want to” in order to serve Him. By allowing Him to minister through you, He brings the success He wants while providing the joy you desire. Let God prevent burnout by doing the work instead! You are loved! 

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I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.” (Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬ NLT)

Jon Burge was a former Chicago Police detective and commander who, along with the “Midnight Crew” of officers under his command, allegedly beat and tortured criminal suspects in the 1970s and ’80s in order to gain confessions. At one point Burge was highly decorated and well respected. Not anymore.

Past performance on our part does not always translate into a guaranteed future. Unfortunately, churches are full of people who have served God with great passion only to become a slim spiritual shade of themselves years later. The Christ Life is not one that is simply contented on past works but must be continued with a steady, undying passion all our life.

Noted pastor and author, Andy Stanley, speaks of spiritual boldness this way: “Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God’s spirit.” By staying in relationship with Christ, you run a greater chance of staying passionate and avoiding burnout. So stay close! You are loved today!