“How are you doing today?” “Tired Caleb. Wore out!”
Such is how most of my conversations go with predominately every person that I run into. Whether it be at Wal*Mart, the gas station, church, or a friends house, everyone seems to be running on empty. The summer time seems to promise relaxation in the spring yet lies to us once we enter the summer.
Hectic vacations, business quotas, and no school for the kids and grandkids have been a burden upon many parents. With the start of school on the horizon some parents are jumping for joy. Yet the fall will have it’s own set of work ahead and it will likewise leave many weary and exhausted.
My wife and I know this all too well. My wife has had to wake up before 5 o’clock every day for the last two weeks. Her weekends are just as tiresome as her workdays. And this is mainly due to the work that she does at our local church. Service in the church can often add to the time strained life that many adults are already living. Why go to church if it is going to just make me even more tired? Where and when are we suppose to rest?
Jeremiah 31:25 states: “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
God cares about satisfying the weariness of our grueling lives. Yet all to often those who want to be in church to enjoy the presence of Jesus are tired and those volunteering and serving at church are even more tired.
So what can you and I do to build a church that worship’s a God who replenishes souls.
1. Do one thing well.
Many of us are tired due to the different directions that we are being pulled. One basic task is easier to accomplish than sixteen minuscule tasks. As Jason Petty states, “Multitasking is a myth. You ain't doing anything good just everything awful.” Surprisingly Jesus gives us a similar model. He came primarily for the Jews, it was not until after the stoning of Stephen that the number of Christians were dispersed to go to the Gentile nations in force. Doing one thing well may be more beneficial than five things done sub-par.
2. Share the load
It is really a simple concept. Twenty people can normally lift more than one man. Sharing the load is essential to doing a good job. Ecclesiastes 4:9 states: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” Some need to know that it is alright to not do everything themselves (one of those being me). Others need to be people who actually lift. When a community fails to contribute together there will be no rewards. Only burnt out servants with hearts and desires that have been extinguished in service to Jesus.
Fellow Christian, serve. Do one thing well, contribute, finds someone to share the load, and maybe go to bed a little earlier on Saturday night if possible. Maybe the rest, sharing, and quality of service will reap a harvest of good deeds and souls. In turn we might not all be tired, but satisfied together.
Caleb Rawls – is the pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Laurel Mississippi, and husband to Taylor Rawls. Together they strive to lead the church to reach out to their community and world. And yes, they have a dog named Tiglath-Pileser.