A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not quench. Matthew 12:20
We've all been there, bruised, hurt, wounded, busted, disgusted and burned out! It is inevitable that as born again believers in the Lord Jesus that we will, if not careful, suffer these things in the kingdom. It is reported that well over 1500 ministers leave the ministry every month for various reasons, mostly from being overworked and end up burning out!
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a lampstand for all of the world to see, as it gives off the very light of God, fueled by the oil that flows from the throne of the Most High and delivered by the Holy Spirit. If you are either bruised or suffering burnout there are two things to consider. One, take time to seek the Lord about your journey with Him and are you working for yourself or for Him?
We can take on way too much for the sake of the kingdom and neglect the most important duty that we have and that is our daily relationship and communion with Him. I have met many who claim to be believers, they go to church every time the doors open and profess to know Him, but they don't spend any time intimately with Him, getting to know the One whom they confess they love with all their heart!
It would be like being married but never being intimate with your spouse, making for a cold and distant relationship at best. The danger of our neglect of intimacy with God is the oil of His Spirit which lights the lamp of our life and the cleaning of the wick which keeps the fire burning. With no oil we burn out and our light is extinguished, leaving us cold and dark.
"And at midnight a cry was heard: behold the Bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!' "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. "And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' Matthew 25:6-8
"And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut." Matthew 25:10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin