Only Human

Years ago, Clyde Fant Jr., a homiletics professor, wrote a book in which he proposed the second greatest confession of scripture is when Paul acknowledged, “We, too, are only human like you” (Acts 14:15). Personally, I think that is probably wise for us all to admit.

In the story of Elijah, the prophet stayed at the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, during the long drought so that he would have water to drink. However, in time “the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land” (1 Kings 17:7). Consequently, Elijah had to go elsewhere so he would not die of thirst. Even a devoted servant of the Lord must see to it that his needs are cared for if he is to care for others. If you do not get rest, how effective will your work be? If you do not receive sustenance, how will you serve the Lord with strength?

We, too, are only human. As human, we must take care of our own human needs if we are to fulfill heavenly assignments. Self-care is not selfish care if it is done to serve God and others better. Scripture clearly teaches that God cares about all facets of our humanity and that we should be faithful stewards of this full life entrusted to us. The Apostle Paul prayed, “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  

I would suggest that all facets of your being need rest, recuperation and recreation. It does not matter who you are, like a battery over time, you will get rundown. Even you diehards! You need to recharge spiritually (which is what we do in church). Nothing is more spiritually recuperating, rejuvenating and reinvigorating than an encounter with God in worship and in His word. In addition, you need to recharge emotionally because life brings with it lots of stress and tension. You need a down day! Furthermore, your body needs a day to rest, relax, and recover physically.

The God who made us wrote an owner’s manual for us, and it calls for self-care to be rendered by us. Remember Jesus told the disciples: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31). D. L. Moody said, “If you don’t learn to come apart, you are going to fall apart.” Good advice!

Maybe the place to begin with self-care is to admit: We, too, are only human. Pray with humility that God will help you to be a faithful steward of this human life and eternal life given to you.
As for me, after this writing, I am going to have some fun and relaxation. How about you?

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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