ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are You Spiritually Spent

Updated on March 27, 2012

Pull The Plug Of Our Spiritual To-Do List

Every time Lenten season rolls around, the devoted dig deep into their spiritual To-Do list. They immediately think about what they should give up—chocolate, coffee, alcohol… believe me, the list goes on. There even is a group of Jewish artists in search of a creative way to slow down our electronically charged lives. The challenge calls everyone to take a digital detox for the 2012 National Day of Unplugging from sundown March 23 to sundown March 24.

So here we are knee-deep in Lent, promising to give up this or practice that, to be better at this and quit doing that. Really?

You see, the Gospel or Good News doesn’t revolve around what “you do,” but centers on what “Jesus did.” The apostle Paul, a once-driven disciple of doing, piles up verse after verse about what God has done in Christ. In Ephesians 1:7, he writes about the Son of God who came to break the stranglehold of sin and death in the world and in our lives. In a contemporary translation this verse says, “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!”[i]

So shall we just sit this Lenten season out and passively wait for some mystical experience to transform us? Paul would be the first to say, “Absolutely not!”[ii] Though God is not dependent on our doings, He has gladly chosen to use us along with our spiritual activities to transform us. God isn’t in the habit of coercing us, but inviting us to draw near and be changed by Him. The story of the people of God is telling. Although Israel was instructed to obey God’s command to “be holy, for I am holy,”[iii] at the end of the week the only thing left for them to do was to relax. God said, “But on the seventh day you shall rest.”[iv] The meaning behind the Sabbath was simple: Catch your breath. Call for a timeout. Find some balance. Recharge your life.

Somehow this God-given command got lost in translation. Today it’s difficult, or rather ironic, to imagine rest as a spiritual discipline. In fact, it happens to be one of the most life-transforming disciplines passed down to us way back when. Sadly, the Sabbath rest has faded from the modern Christian consciousness. The idea of spiritually unplugging during Lent, or every seventh day for that matter, now feels tragically close to impossible. Who can afford to take the time off? We need eight days a week to do what we have to do to get things done. Six days just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Maybe this Lent, we could pull the plug of our spiritual To-Do list and reboot our lives according to the things that God has done for us. Let’s stop debating, procrastinating or beating ourselves over how we ought to observe this season. Let’s focus upon the life of His Son and how He came to set us free. Are you spiritually spent, exhausted, or even burned out over the religious lists of do’s and don’ts? Let’s recognize the value of taking the time off, from sundown to sundown, by drawing near to the One who promised, “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”[v]

Lighten your load this Lenten season. Remember what God has done for you by finding rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

[i] Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1993).

[ii] Romans 7:8.

[iii] Leviticus 11:45.

[iv] Exodus 34:21.

[v] Matthew 11:28.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • frogyfish profile image


      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      A simply detailed reinforcement of what God offers us, well stated, and a gentle reminder to do that 'slow down'.

      Thank you for sharing you studied insight right here.

    • Gicky Soriano profile imageAUTHOR

      Gicky Soriano 

      6 years ago from California

      Resting in Him. Thank you.

    • heart4theword profile image


      6 years ago from hub

      I don't know much or practice the celebration of lent. Yet I do believe that it is built into our body chemistry physically and spiritually to honor the sabbath. Our bodies are really made to need rest for a day. It really makes a difference in the rest of the week for me and I know for others too:) So I too, encourage a little R&R for you:) God Bless


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)