Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Psalm 131:1 (NKJV)
One of the most popular and effective tools people use to burn off calories, adrenaline, and stress is a machine called a treadmill. Many people work, work, and grope through each day seemingly in vain and then dash to the gym to hop on the treadmill. Isn’t it ironic that in both pursuits they must give great effort without really going anywhere?
So it is with people who try to work their way to righteousness. One reason many Christians grow stagnant in their faith is that they expend so much energy trying to adhere to some lofty ideal they have envisioned as the “Christian experience.”
Have you become a modern-day Pharisee? Do you maintain a mental or psychological checklist to ensure you do what you should do and resist what you should not do? Are you closer to living under the law than under God’s grace?
Rung climbing can lead to burnout. When you act outside God’s will, even performing godly tasks, you are running on finite fumes: your own strength. Exhaustion, withdrawal, and bitterness can result. The real Christian experience requires only faith in Jesus Christ and an abiding in Him, the true Vine.
In His perfect time, He will lead your steps and actions for His great glory. His flame is eternal. Even if you have burned out, it never will.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that in Your perfect timing You will use me for Your glory. Your flame is eternal, even when I feel burned out!