“Lord, I’m Tired. Amen!”

June 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm 1 comment

Some people are hard working while others are hardly working.  As I serve the Lord with gladness at Gracepoint Davis Church, I hope to be the former!   While it is important to get ample rest and take care so that we can be faithful over the long haul, there’s often the temptation to take things easy and slow down upon the first feeling of tiredness.

A couple of months ago when Dr. Ajith Fernando came to speak at our Gracepoint Berkeley Church retreat, I got to read one of his books that really challenged me: The Call to Joy and Pain.  No wonder it won Christianity Today’s Book of the Year Award for 2008 in the Church/Pastoral Leadership category!

I wanted to share some of quotes with you to encourage you to keep working hard for the Lord:

In his extremely helpful book The Disciplines of a Godly Man, Kent Hughes says, “It has been said that the world has been run by tired men, and it is true, for we daily see that America is run by tired political leaders—and that wars are won by exhausted generals—and that peace is secured by tired diplomats—and that great legislation is accomplished by weary legislators.” He says that in the same way, “the Christian world is ministered to by tired people. . . . Show me a great church and I’ll show you some tired people.”  [p.161]

Immediately after describing the work of disciple-making, [Apostle Paul] says, “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Col. 1:29). The verb translated “toil” (kopiao) takes the meanings “work, work hard, labor. . . become tired, grow weary.” [p.161]

Kent Hughes says that one day D. L. Moody’s bedtime prayer was, “Lord, I’m tired! Amen.” He says, “Luther is said to have worked so hard that he often fell into bed, not even taking time to change his sheets for a whole year!” [p.162]

The balanced life for a Christian is not “everything in moderation” but “obedience in every area.” [p.162]

Whenever I feel tired, I get strengthened by such reminders.  And of course, there are countless passages in the Bible that provide strength…super-sized!  I’ll leave you with one of my favorites:  1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  Lord, I’m strengthened!  Amen!

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  • 1. Katie Bernier  |  May 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

    thank you! I was googling Col 1;29 because today I am frankly tired. Full ministry is a joy but it’s exhausting and I was seeking to understand that verse more. Thank you for your encouraging blog. I am tired but I am strengthened. 🙂

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