DISCOURAGMENT vs SELF-ABSORPTION

DISCOURAGMENT vs SELF-ABSORPTION

Let say a person involve in her Christian ministry come to you and say that he thinks he should take a Sabbatical from her ministry because feeling tired or unmotivated any longer.

What would be your answer? The natural answer would be, ‘yes, I understand, you been involved for many years, a little break would not hurt. Unfortunately, rarely did I saw these people getting involved again.

What would be a more Biblical way to answer them?

Lately, I was greatly encouraged by John Piper counsel. He wrote, “We find ourselves not energized for any great cause, but always thinking about the way to maximize our leisure and escape pressure.” The problem is not exhaustion cause by the work, but a person can gradually become so SELF-ABSORPTION that he doesn’t have any resources for God’s work. Isaiah 58: 10-11 mention when people focus on helping others they will be “like a well-watered garden”. Jesus also mentions “rivers of living water that will flow out of the individual life.” God has made us to flourish by being spent for others, not on ourselves. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Pipers add, “My point is that one of the causes of some people’s darkness is a slowly creeping self-absorption and small-mindedness.” [1]

Before you feel like taking a sabbatical take time to examine what motivate you.

[1] John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 227.

How does one learn to trust God?

How does one learn to trust God?
When a little child takes a walk with his dad, his small hand willingly slips into the larger hand being offered. The little boy’s hand is soft and tiny, perfectly formed, and holds the promise of a robust and skilled man. Does the child worry about the obstacles to overcome along the way? No; in fact due to his short stature, the child is not even aware of the upcoming curb or the busy roadway beyond. But Dad, seeing all from his higher viewpoint, grips his son’s hand tighter and merely lifts him over the curb.
The Christian life is like this child’s example.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Coming to know and trust God happens the same way that we come to know another person deeply. Intimacy occurs when we spend extended time quietly conversing with another. As we sit and talk, we become comfortable and begin to describe what is really in our heart: our feelings, our desires, and the way we view things. And as we come closer together, we can almost predict what the other person is thinking before he says it. Similarly, when we love God wholly, making our heart’s focus Him alone, we become more and more willing to submit to Him for anything He plans. That willingness frees Him to bring people into our lives that He wants to love through us. God intensely wants this kind of relationship with each of us.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
“God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Psalm 53:2).
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer 29:13).
This call to and promise of relationship was repeated by Jesus Christ:
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14).
In his book “Experiencing God”, Henry Blackaby explained the process this way, “Don’t just do something, stand there.” “Stand there,” Blackaby wrote it is this quiet getting to know God, by prayer and His Word, that develops our relationship with Him, our trust of Him, and our usefulness for Him Continue reading

Moral Enthusiasm.

At what level would you evaluate your level of moral enthusiasm?

What words describe it best: “Inward fire” or “Chronic spiritual lassitude”? It has to fall between those two poles.  The Scripture says “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18). Tozer penned “When the Spirit presents Christ to our inner vision it has an exhilarating effect on the soul, much as wine has on the body.” A good New Testament illustration would be the two from Emmaus, after meeting the Lord Jesus they mention that they felt an “inward fire”.

Dante, on his imaginary journey through hell, came upon a group of lost souls who sighed and moaned continually as they whirled about aimlessly in the dusky air. Virgil, his guide, explained that these were the “wretched people,” the “nearly soulless,” who while they lived on earth had not moral energy enough to be either good or evil. They had earned neither praise nor blame. And with them and sharing in their punishment were those angels who would take sides neither with God nor Satan. The doom of all of the weak and irresolute crew was to be suspended forever between a hell that despised them and a heaven that would not receive their defiled presence. Not even their names were to be mentioned again in heaven or earth or hell. “Look,” said the guide, “and pass on.”[1]

Jesus told about the church of Laodicea: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.” Let Him heat up your heart today! I need to add that Dante Divine Comedy is only a piece of literature, it is not inspire like the Bible. In Hebrews 9:27 God says that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”


[1] Aiden Wilson Tozer, The Best of A.W. Tozer Book One (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 2007), 141.