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My Heart Is On Fire by Doug Apple - a short Christian devotional to open the Scriptures and make your heart burn within you!
Neither Boredom Nor Burnout
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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32) I’m about to say something crazy, but it’s true. It’s not the usual way of thinking, but it’s God’s way, so listen up. If your church has a total of a hundred people including one pastor, then your pastor should be doing one percent of the work of that church. Pause. Think about it. Let me say it again. If your church has a total of a hundred people including one pastor, then your pastor should be doing one percent of the work of that church. Did you just spit up a little? I’m telling you, this is the way the body of Christ is designed to work. We each have a vital part in the body, and we each need to fulfill our part. Now you might be thinking, “That’s the pastor’s full time job. I have to go to work everyday. I can’t be doing the same amount of church work as the pastor. That’s ridiculous!” That’s true...IF you have pigeon-holed the work of the church into, like, 5 duties that a pastor does. Forget about that. The question is, are you fulfilling your part in the body of Christ? You have a unique part, with unique giftings and callings from God Himself. And your part in the body is your part in the body, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The pastor has HIS part in the body, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. EVERY BELIEVER has their part in the body, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Are you fulfilling your part in the body? If everyone in your local congregation of one hundred people is fulfilling their part in the body, then each person is doing one percent of the work of that local congregation. Don’t pigeon-hole God’s work into the, like, 10 jobs that you think of as “church work.” God’s work is the work of His entire body, which is explosively loaded with gifts and callings, the vast majority of which never see the light of day. “But Doug, I can’t be doing all that church work. I have to go to work, and look after my kids, and take a little time just to enjoy life, you know.” Yes, I know. And more importantly, God knows. He created you. He knows EXACTLY, PRECISELY WHAT YOU NEED. He put inside of every believer just what you need in the form of His Holy Spirit. He has gifted you and called you; and your most fulfilling, abundant life will come when you fulfill your part in the body of Christ. Now the title of this lesson is, “Neither Boredom Nor Burnout.” Many Christians go sailing off in one of those two directions. First, boredom. My daughter told me the other day, “I think so many Christians are drinking alcohol today because they are bored.” What? If you tap into the Holy Spirit and all that God has for you, boredom will go flying out the window. Fulfilling your part in the body of Christ will be the most exciting adventure you have ever been on, if you will just take the time to diligently seek God and let His Spirit lead you. Second, burnout. Many Christians will hear a message like this, get fired up, and dive head first into church work, doing everything that comes their way. Listen. I’m telling you to seek God and fulfill YOUR PART in the body of Christ – and that’s not anyone else’s part. You can’t do anyone else’s part. When you try to do your part and other people’s parts in the body, you will burn out. Then you can drop out altogether and say, “I got burned out in church.” Don’t fall for it. But when you truly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to understand and follow and fulfill YOUR part in the body, then you will not burn out. Pastors who are overwhelmed? You are likely trying to fulfill several parts in the body that aren’t yours, which you cannot do. Deacons or elders or teachers or whatever who are getting burned out in church – you are probably doing more than you are called and gifted to do. You need to fulfill your part in the body, no more (that leads to burnout) and no less (that leads to boredom). So I close with the shocking line I opened with, and I’ll leave you to pray about it and seek God. If your church has a total of a hundred people including one pastor, then your pastor should be doing one percent of the work of that church. May God bless you today. I’m Doug Apple.