When is enough, enough? When can we cease all our work and let someone else pick up the slack? As workers for the Kingdom, we are not allowed the concept of quitting. We are to work until our King returns or brings us to join Him. For me, the purpose for my writing is the hope that I may touch another with the love of Christ. I can never stop writing, because there will always be the possibility that I may yet touch another. We can never cease to love because we will ever have the opportunity to love still another.
Following Christ can be both exhilarating and utterly exhausting. We have to be on our game twenty-four hours a day. We cannot afford to relax our standards or forsake our mission for even a minute, because that may be the very moment someone needs to see a difference in us. As I have stated before, we make decisions every second of every minute of every hour of every day. We choose to follow Christ or not. We choose to love or not to love. We choose to serve or not to serve. Our second by second choices add up to define our lives. Fortunately (or not in some cases) we have the opportunity to start redefining our life every single second. Determine right now to start making the right choices when life comes at you: follow Christ, love and serve others.
The brilliant dichotomy of this exhausting challenge is that as we do these things we will be overwhelmed with a peace and rest that we could never achieve on our own. God renews us in the most amazing and pure way. If you are feeling run down and exhausted, chances are you aren’t making the proper choices in your life. When you start loving and serving others you lose your self-centeredness, and this selfishness is perhaps the most exhausting element in our lives. I have found that it is far more tiring to try and make my life comfortable and easy than it is to serve someone else.
We aren’t called to comfortable and easy, we are called to a life of serving others. We are to serve others just as Jesus served us by humbling Himself and ultimately laying down His life for us. Who do you love with a love like that? Anyone? Jesus loves everyone with that same amazing love. He never stops, He never quits. We can do no less. The next time you grow weary, instead of resorting to your usual forms of comfort, try looking around and showing love to someone else instead. When you feel lonely and in need of help, try serving someone else. You will find the most illogical yet most exhilarating peace you have ever known. Remember that there will always be someone else in need of love, there will always be someone else we can serve. We must not quit, we must not tire. With a set and limited amount of time to share love with others, we can’t afford to waste a second.