‘The joy of the Lord is your strength’. So says Nehemiah to the returnee Jews in 8:10 (NIV) of the book which bears his name.
Where do you draw strength from?
The temptation might be to think that the simple pattern of rest / work / rest / work is applicable to the life of following Jesus, but when you think that ALL of life – including our rest – is part of the Christian life, you can sense it’s not that straightforward!
Instead, maybe think of this: have you experienced that sense that when something excites you, it energises you?
You could be feeling a bit tired, but a kick-about in the park might well ‘pick you up’ for the rest of the day.
Nehemiah tells us here that our strength for serving God comes out of our joy in Him.
So, if you feel like you’re flagging following Jesus this year, don’t think that stopping following for a little while is the answer – instead pursue Him, ask Him to give you joy through his Holy Spirit, ask Him to excite you, so that you can be energised for his work!!!!
Yours in Jesus’ name