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Too much Bible Study?
by Robert Kiser
8/18/2012 / Christian Living
I remember when I had a bible study going for myself seven nights a week. I spent every spare moment that I had engaged in study. Now for a while that can be a good thing.
I can remember clearly the pastor of the community church where I was going inviting me to go roller skating with the church. I declined because I was behind in all of the studies I put upon myself. Earl looked at me and said "You know sometimes if Satan cannot stop you from moving forward he will push you forward so fast that you burn yourself out." Now at the time I thought that was ridiculous. So I went home to study.
I had gotten impatient in my starting the wood stove and was using Kerosene to light my fires. Normally Kerosene does not explode like white gas. However this time it just kept smoldering. I kept adding more Kerosene and it still only smoldered. So finally I leaned over to relight the stove and it blew up and caught me on fire from the waste up. I immediately hit the floor rolling around and using my hands to pat out the fire on myself. My helpful dog yelped and ran outside. Fortunately I did not really get hurt. It melted the shirt I was wearing in several spots and singed my eyelashes and my hair. I also got a small blister on my cheek. Instead of studying I spent the night with a wet towel on my face wishing that I had went roller skating instead. That night I put a lot of thought into what Earl had told me and I realize he was actually right.
I have heard of stories where ministers excelled so much they just burnt out. I seen the same thing in the movie about Mother Teresa "In the name of God's poor" She in fact physically collapsed because she was pushing herself and not taking care of her own health. Then after collapsing she met someone in the hospital that helped her to set up basic rules of taking care of herself and getting periods of rest. This helped her in the long run to accomplish much more.
We see Jesus in the New Testament withdrawing from the crowds to be alone. Rest and time alone with the Father was something that even he needed. (Mt.14:23) We also see there was a time in the Early Church where they learned that they needed to delegate some of their responsibilities to someone else. (Acts 6:1-4) Moses had encountered the same type of problem (Ex.18:14-27)
Now I realize that many need to study a lot more than they do and also need to be more proactive in ministering to others. Just keep in mind that with physical health you need a good diet and rest. The same is true with spiritual health. We need a good balance of intake and we need time alone with the Father without an agenda pertaining to study or ministry. We need to be wise Stewards with our time. We do not want to waste a lot of time, but we do not want to burn out either.
God gave us a day of rest for a reason. That time of rest spent with the Father is good for your soul!
Robert Kiser is the author of a few free pdf books and the ReasonableAnswers.org website.
His website explains and defends the Christian Faith. It also includes a section on Cults including Mormonism and Jehovah Witnesses.
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