Mark 6:30-31 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”

Jesus was as busy as any CEO today. Multitudes of people requesting His help thronged him. When word got out that He was a healer and could raise the dead, everyone came to Him with their aches and pains. 

Many were legitimate needs of crucial importance. Others, not so much. Yet, in His compassion, He saw them all. Jesus also knew that He could not sustain the pa

Today, ministers and pastors are leaving the ministry, claiming that they are “burned out.” 

Burnout is a term used that describes the place a person arrives because they no longer have the strength, energy, or willpower to continue. It has become a tool of the enemy to destroy called men and women of God for centuries. 

If Satan cannot deter us from serving Christ’s path, He will destroy us with the work if we do not approach it with wisdom. 

Jesus lived His life here on earth in the power and fulness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit led and guided every moment of Jesus’ day to do what we now read recorded in God’s Word. John tells us:

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

Every place they visited had a purpose. Every person they met had a need. We read of the warning of the Savior to His disciples to come away to rest. We cannot and must not ignore the needs of our bodies as we serve God.

God, Himself rested after he created the universe.

Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Having a Sabbath day to rest is God-given, and God commanded in His Ten Commandments. 

Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

The definition of the word hallowed means to consecrate for sacred use. God intended for man to rest and recharge. 

Pride will push a person to the point of burnout.

Working in the power of our flesh will cause us to burnout. 

If we offer ourselves to work for God instead of with God, we will burnout.

Many will schedule a vacation and fill that time with so many activities that we never truly rest. Some preach life balance as a way to plan all we do, so we do not burnout. Yet, it is led by our thoughts and guided by our desires. 

When a person’s filled with the Holy Spirit, the tune in and listen to His leading. Our loving, Heavenly Father would never use us up to the place of destroying our body. He may use a person significantly that their life ended at an early age. 

We can never know the circumstances surrounding the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of their specific life. We can understand that all things work together for good. 

Sadly, burnout is not as common in our churches as apathy.

We are not as concerned with the work of God. We desire to be more “balanced” in ministry that we fail to present our bodies a living sacrifice, want the Holy Spirit’s leadership and power, and complain using our lack of fruit as an excuse to quit. 

We fear doing too much that we restrict what God tells is our “reasonable service.”

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

As we are the purchased possession of the God of Heaven, we must present our bodies as He asks and leaves the outcome to Him. John Wesley once said:

“Light yourself on fire with passion, and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”

Let us become passionate about that which will gain eternal rewards. Then, let us light ourselves on fire for God. 

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