Posts Tagged ‘spiritual 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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One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap.” (Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭22-23‬ NLT)

Hope International President Peter Greer is sounding an alarm about a different danger in doing good: spiritual burnout. In a cbn.com interview, he shared his belief as to the high drop out rate of Christian workers worldwide. “We have thrown ourselves into causes of social justice,” he said. “We have thrown ourselves into missions and we have been burned out as a result.”

Where there is high stress and output without regenerating input, things get dangerous. While this scripture stands out for Jesus calming the storm, learn the first lesson first: Jesus calmed Himself with an opportunity for rest. He knew to replenish His own needs before taking on more loads.

As you prepare to come to Church tomorrow, take time to rest. For some of us that don’t get Sunday off due to Church work, take time today for rest and refueling. There will ALWAYS be work that needs to be done to save the world. But if you don’t take care of yourself, you risk becoming a sidelined piece of damaged goods instead of God’s powerful hand to mankind! You are loved today! Get some rest!

The Lord…never grows weak or weary.” (Isaiah 40:28 NLT)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes Burnout as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.” Many have felt its claws while on the job, some even switch careers because of it. But what about spiritual burnout? What causes it to occur in us?

Spiritual burnout is what happens when we rely on our own strength to please God. For many that are new in the Christ Life, we are the only place they made feed from spiritually. We talk with them, counsel them, meet with them at their point of dilemma. If we are not providing for our spiritual sustenance, these well-meaning people could bleed us dry. At this point, we burnout & want nothing to do with God.

Pay attention to your own spiritual condition! Only by God’s help can we make a difference in others anyway. Be refreshed in God’s presence. Pour it out on those around you! You are loved today!

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