Matthew 11:28-30, “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Burnout is defined as a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. We hear the term burnout a lot in our culture, and it’s no wonder. We are working longer hours, involved in more activities, and have so many stressors in our lives today. I would like to point out a few things concerning this issue of burnout.
#1. We tend to look at other people and things as being the cause of our burnout. I’m not saying that is not the case in every circumstance, but I do believe that the majority of the time we are just simply too busy. We are either trying to get more done in one day than God has planned for us, we may be poor managers of our time, or we have our priorities in the wrong order. Either way, I think more of the time it goes back to personal responsibility more than others and other things causing our burnout.
#2. Burnout should be regarded as a spiritual issue. Many times we think of burnout as only being physical or mental, but I challenge you to see it as a spiritual problem. We are called all throughout Scripture to work in the power of His might, and not our own. ( Ephesians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 4:7 ). Many times we try to accomplish more than we should in a set period of time. We begin relying on our own strength, our own tenacity, and our own ability rather than the power of God working through us to accomplish what He wants to get done. The fact is we should not be surprised that we get run-down, discouraged, and absolutely drained trying accomplish more than God may have willed for us to get done. Therefore, when someone gets burned out at their job, they are likely to start missing church meetings, missing prayer time, missing their daily Bible reading, and neglecting their relationship with God. This is a spiritual issue.
#3. Burnout can come quickly, but there are warnings. If you are a child of God the Holy Spirit will begin to convict you when you are spending time working and doing other things when you should be reading God’s word, praying with God, or worshipping Him in a church service. Other warnings might be experiencing greater fatigue, irritability, and being depressed at the start of a new day. When the warning signs start it will not be long before full blown burnout kicks in. So, it is important that we look for the warning signs and most importantly listen to the Spirit of God for these cautions.
So, what do you do when you realize one day you are burned-out? You might even say today that you are burned-out. If that’s you right now, I would like to point you to the verses above in Matthew 11:28-30. If you are burned-out right now, Jesus has given the most beautiful invitation to you. He simply says, “Come to me and I will give you rest.”. Take note that there is a lot to learn from Jesus. Even Jesus rested!! He will provide rest for our souls. This is important, because remember that I told you burnout was really a spiritual problem in the soul of man. He will give you rest for your soul. It seems too simple, but it’s the gospel truth. Go to Jesus my dear friend. Spend time with Him, and He will renew you. Don’t live in burnout, but instead live in the all sufficient peace, rest, and power of Jesus.