In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he urged us to not grow weary as we serve the Lord. He spoke of the future harvest that comes to those who stay at the task. Why do God’s warriors grow weary? Allow me to list the factors that bring on weariness for those who serve the Lord.
1. Christians who do not relate to one another with courtesy. We are to highly value one another. We are to pray for one another. We are to encourage one another. Too often, Christians judge one another, criticize one another, speak evil of one another, betray one another. These realities break the hearts of God’s servants and drain their strength. There is not even one of us who are born again who have arrived at complete perfection. We need God’s grace. We need the grace of God’s people as well. Accountability is to be worked out through direct contact and not in back rooms.
2. Unheeded calls for help wear out God’s servants. There is so much work to be done in a vibrant and healthy church. If every Christian would actively seek to find and fill their post, miracles of blessing would follow. Why should those who call Jesus Lord have to be begged to serve Him?
3. Unrealistic expectations overwhelm God’s servants. Try to imagine what it is like to have as many as 2000 people in your network and all of them have hopes and expectations of what you should do for them. Try to multiply those expectations by varying numbers of people over a period of thirty seven years. Only God could keep His servant from either going insane or breaking down under the weight of such responsibility.
4. Hidden agendas break the heart of God’s servants. If only people would say what they mean and mean what they say. Jesus could look on the hearts of people. He knew their thoughts. Those who follow Him can only hope for an occasional glimpse into the hearts of those they serve. Many times disaster could be avoided by honest communication.
5. Finally, though by no means completely, a throw away society crushes the spirit of God’s servant. We live in a day where people walk out on their promises, their families, their friends, their churches, their contracts, their commitments, and on and on the list goes. We live in a culture without honor. This culture has crept menacingly into the church.
Only God keeps me going. I cling desperately to the promise, “As your days so shall your strength be.”