Sunday, July 31, 2022

Burned-Out Light Bulbs & Burned-Out Christians

The following comes from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals.

 A burned-out light bulb won’t produce any light, no matter how much you polish it on the outside. A burned-out Christian doesn’t produce any light either. Burnout is a modern-day term for “growing weary.” Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”

It’s easy to quit. All we have to do is keep giving out until the tank is empty. We go from giving out to giving up. Burnout occurs when we give out more than we take in. Cars that aren’t refueled will run out of gas. Wells that aren’t replenished will run dry. Batteries that aren’t recharged will have no power. A Christian who isn’t refueled, replenished, and recharged will burn out.

Constantly giving out to others will eventually bring you to the point of exhaustion. You’re sapped of strength. Your motivation to continue is gone. You can’t stand the thought of one more obligation, so you resign. It happens every day in jobs, marriages, and churches.

First Peter 4:11 says, “Whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies. Paul said,I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). If they only see a pile of ashes because you’ve burned yourself out, people will say, “If that’s what I’m supposed to be, I don’t want to be a follower of Christ.”

But when you’re energized and filled with joy, your light will shine and everyone will say, “I want what that person has.” That’s what draws people to the Lord.  

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