From The Pastor's Desk

The Secret to Productivity

Do you ever get tired? That direct question may be met with a snicker and a sarcastic no, never, not me!
Truthfully, we are not a bunch of Energizer bunnies who keep going and going. We get worn down and worn out. We’re human. It’s who we are. Scripture states that [e]ven the youths shall faint and be weary (Isa. 40:30a). That means that even the strongest, most energetic among us get tired.

This is a prominent reality that is not always given enough attention. Concerning Church and spiritual matters, a wrong “diagnosis” is often given concerning those who just aren’t putting forth necessary effort in order to be a successful Christian. Sure, lack of effort is sometimes the result of lack of devotion (folks just don’t love the Lord like they should-Deut. 6:5, Mt. 22:37-38). Or maybe it’s because of a lack of focus, or obedience, or concern, or commitment, or. . . . .

The list could go on and on. Often, preachers tend to focus on these reasons (and many others) as to why there just isn’t much happening. Again, I don’t deny that some of this needs to be addressed. However, could lack of effort sometimes be connected with lack of energy? I am convinced that many of God’s people are simply tired. The desire is still there, but stamina has reached its limits.

Now, in spite of that, there is still a demand for output. All of us feel it. The responsibilities of our various roles weigh upon us even when we are tired. We all feel the pressure to produce in spite of our oft weary condition. We don’t get a “free pass” just because we are tired. In fact, try giving that as a reason for not producing and watch what happens! *I can promise you that it won’t be good.

I realize that these strong (but true) words may sting a little. Let me add a little “insult to injury.” This all especially applies to your role as a Christian. You can’t “call everything off”, you can’t “check out” just because you are tired. Let me put it in very practical terms. You cannot not stay home on church night because you are tired. You cannot omit prayer on days that you are tired. You cannot refuse to worship because you are tired. God is expecting you to do these things even when you are weary.

So that leaves us in a perplexing position. How can you produce when you get tired? The answer is quite simple really. YOU NEED TO GET CONNECTED TO THE ONE WHO NEVER DOES.

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. . . . . But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint-Isa. 40:28, 31

I can continue to be productive even when I am tired if I am connected to Him!

Micah Perry

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Sep.26, 2015