What is the source of your passion for ministry; or more accurately, Who is the source of your passion? If it is not the love of Christ, that is the love Jesus freely gave and continues to give, then it is only a matter of time before you will wear down and wear out.
So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them… Leviticus 10:2
We could say they were burnt out. We could also say they were in sin, for the source of their fire; their passion if you will, was not the altar of God, but themselves. We call that pride and pride is always self-inflicted. Had they relied solely on God, following His direction and guidance, burnout would have never occurred. The same is true for us; when we try to maintain our own fire, we are most likely in sin and we will eventually suffer burnout.
Think about it
Do you remember your last collapse? Unappreciated, over-worked, and feeling like a door mat, right? (And just to be clear, I’m not talking about fatigue. You’ll know the difference [because] becoming exhausted in Jesus-focused work is typically an exhilarating experience). Burnout is almost always ego-based. Chances are that you forgot why you were doing what you were doing and more importantly, Who you were doing it for. Somehow, some way, it was no longer about Jesus and Him crucified; it was about your expectations, your emotions, and your wants.
This isn’t really a problem, so don’t panic and don’t despair, just change fuel. Empty your tank of you and fill it with Him. You get a do-over! Let the love of Christ compel you once again. Change your mind and God will change your heart.
I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent. Revelation 2:4b-5
- What do these verses say about God?
- What do they say about us?
- Are you justifying your behavior or confessing it?
- Do You Follow the Manual? (getupandwalk.org)
- Have You Been Taken to the Cleaners? (compassiondave.wordpress.com)
- God’s Confidence in Man Not Man’s (divinityhc.wordpress.com)
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