Spent, done, exhausted, worn-out.
Not all of them, not even most of them, but some Sunday nights those words describe me. You understand don’t you? It’s the “who’s here, who’s not?” The: “they haven’t been here in three weeks…” The: “Have you got a minute I need to talk with you…” The: “You forgot to announce…” It’s the big stuff and the little stuff. It’s the expectation that this sermon will change someone’s life. It’s the frustration of that which changes that shouldn’t and that which doesn’t but should. It’s the responsibility placed on you for things that often are out of your control. And so much more. You understand, right? There’s the reality of my own sinfulness, the knowledge of my own
But more than that He understands and He made provision for it all: “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). And the invitation we give is not ours but His and is FOR us TOO: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). When everything else seems to much - He is enough. Rest in Him. He understands. My prayer for all of us in ministry this week is that we would find rest in Him.