Burn Out

J. D. Conley
December 2, 2012

The world has adopted a man-made idea that is supposed to explain ineffectiveness: "burn out."

Of course its possible to "grow weary in well-doing" (Gal.6:9). At times we need to "come...apart..and rest a while" (Mk.6:31), so we won't come apart...period.

But the Christian through whom God works has never burned out! "For it is God who is at work in you" (Phi.2:13). God never burns out! He is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Eph.3:20). "He that hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phi.1:6).

We must simply ask, "Are we occupied with God's work? The Lord's will, done in the Lord's way, will always be the Lord's work. You have His word on it.

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" (2Cor.3:5).

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen " (Heb.13:20,21).

Maybe the reason for burn out is that you are outside of Christ - or in Christ, yet not working as you ought to be working. If need be, enter the kingdom of God (Jn.3:5ff) and begin a concentrated labor of love for the Lord, an endeavor that cannot lead to burn out.