Weariness: Are Church People Wearing You Down?

Weariness, in this devotional, is a reference to feeling worn out, tired, or fatigued. In II Thessalonians 3:13, Paul urges his readers not get weary. The text reads, “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.”

In this devotional, let’s focus on how church people can contribute to your fatigue. It is draining to see so much work that the church needs to be doing with its members and communities.

But it is even more draining to see how lazy and apathetic, so many church people can be toward the work. There are too many who can be great ministry managers, teachers, and follow-up workers, but they don’t have enough energy or compassion to step up and serve.

There are too many who serve as a third of fourth stringers, instead of first stringers. Think about how many people sing in the choir who really don’t sing well. They are scared to death to sing the lead part of the song. But they could be great mentors for young people or for those who need help securing a job.

There are those who complain about standing up too long, but they are in the Usher Ministry. Instead of being extra help in this traditional ministry, they could be on the cutting edge of helping the church develop a support group for married couples or for those who are trying to adjust to retirement.

If the lazy and apathetic church people don’t drain you, what about the critical church people? There are too many who tear down every attempt to move forward. But yet they offer no alternative. They are demolition workers, not construction workers.

If we were in my church, I would say that “If you cannot say ‘amen,’ it may mean that I am talking about you.” (smile)

If you spend too much time with the wrong type of church people, you may find yourself getting weary in well doing. However, our text, II Thessalonians 3:13, urges us not to quit. Sometimes we may have to change our company, but we cannot give up serving the Lord.

Self Examination
1. Cite some examples of how interacting with the wrong type of church people can be draining to you.

2. Cite some examples of how you can work around the negative church people and yet serve the Lord.

3. What are you going to do to improve in this area?

Great and awesome God, the One who never gets tired and the One who gives me power to keep on serving, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have always empowered me for service.

I confess that sometimes I give too much energy to thinking about others who are not doing their part. Please forgive me and help me spend more energy on being a wise steward of my interacting with people. Help to avoid giving in to weariness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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