It’s a term usually associated with exhaustion and extreme fatigue mentally, emotionally and or physically; ‘burn out’ is now officially classified as a “mental illness” caused by unmanaged stress at work. (1) Then, there is the common symptom of ‘heartburn’ related to gastrointestinal reflux disease, which is when the contents of the stomach, including acid, backs up into the esophagus (the tube through which food passes to the stomach) producing burning symptoms. “Did not our hearts burn within us” was the chorus of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus when Jesus opened the deeper meaning of the Scriptures to them (Luke 24:32). Their hearts were on fire, consumed by fire! This was not uncommon with the Early Church. Many were burned at the steak for their faith in Christ.
The Old Testament prophet Jerimiah said Christ “was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones” (Jere 20:9) and the apostle Paul referenced the Old Testament when he said, “For our God is a consuming fire” (Deut 4:24, Deut 9:3, Heb 12:29). For those who are prepared He will “suddenly come to his temple” (Mal 3:1) which temple we are (1Cor 3:16). Jesus prayed for us (John 17:20) that we would be one. He said, “I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:23) Our God is an all “consuming fire” and He is in Christ and Christ is in us “the hope of glory” (Col 1:27) is to be just like Father. So, Jesus came to teach us about the burning from the inside out. For example, the High Priestly prayed by Jesus begins… “Our Father ” (The All-consuming Fire) … “thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”. Since we are made of the dust of the earth, the will of The All-Consuming Fire is to burn out all that does not resemble Him. This fire destroys all diseases of the spirit, soul, and body. This is the only burn out worth striving for. After God’s burn out all that remains is perfection. So, let the burn out begin! Until next time, blessings.
2. All scripture references: New King James Version of the Bible