Draw me after you and let us run together! (Song of Songs 1:4 NASB)
Today's verse gives us the outline of the Song of Songs. We'll find it is also a broad-stroke of God's plan for the Christian life and our walk with the Lord. We will come back to this idea over and over again as we study this wonderful Song.
What we have is our maiden's two-part heart cry.
"Draw me." I long to be with You in intimacy, Lord.
"Let us run." I desire to move in ministry with you, Lord.
But there are times when we mess this up in the church.
Have you ever seen this happen?
A young man or woman is wonderfully touched by the awesome love of the Savior and begins to come to church. They are so completely engrossed with worship and would do anything for the object of their love.
They so want to please the Lord that they “report for duty.” They volunteer for everything. They are there every time the church opens its doors.
We put them to work gladly and work they do, but soon the zeal begins to fade.
We have shut down a critical area of the Lord’s work in a life. We do this all too often.
Don’t get me wrong here. I've been in church leadership. I know too well that getting people involved can be a challenge. Getting folks to chip in and join the workforce is not easy.
By the same token, we are going to see in dramatic detail how this works itself out in the life of the Shulamite. We'll observe how this strategy fails in her life in the first part of the Song.
Here’s the thing.
In God’s economy Intimacy begets Productivity, but there is a gestation period. As in the natural, so in the spiritual. [tweet this]
Fruitful life is intended to flow as a matter of course out of intimacy.
And this is the pattern for a healthy, burnout proof, long life of ministry. We must not short-circuit the romance phase.
When we push people into ministry too soon, we can inhibit their ability to continue to return to intimacy, and they will face burnout. Intimacy refreshes, and when we elevate ministry over worship, we cripple the ability of our ministers to be refreshed and refueled.
We must also be careful not to judge others by the season we are in. We may be in a season of worship, and we can look at the worker bees and think – they just don’t get it, while at the same time the worker bees are thinking that the worshipers are no earthly good.
Both Wrong – God’s work in us takes time, and seasons are the way He works.
Perhaps you're feeling burnt out in ministry. Maybe it's time to call out to the Lord, Draw me.
Are you sensing a restlessness in your soul to do more? Perhaps your cry needs to be, Let us run.
I hope this helps
See you next week