“I’m taking a break from God.” Those words have reverberated in my mind for weeks since I had asked about one of our young adults who I had not seen in church or serving for a while. I was told those were the words that had been uttered in response to her absence from church.

In my years of pastoring I have heard, “I’m taking a break from serving.” I’ve even heard “I’m taking a break from church.” But I’ve never heard anyone say they were taking a break from God. Maybe she meant a break from serving or a break from church but that is not what she said.

The summer is predicated on taking a break. Many people have a summer vacation as a way to take a break – to relax, rejuvenate and recreate. It is healthy to unwind and rest. It does your mind, body and soul good. I strongly believe in taking breaks from your normal routine. For me it is key to creative thoughts and ideas.

But taking a break from God is something totally different. It is very unhealthy to take a break from God. There are a number of potentially bad outcomes to such an action.

You could end up falling into some kind of sin. While you are not in right relationship with God the power of temptation could overpower you. Before you know it you could end up in real trouble. You are always just one dumb move away from a train wreck.

When you are not with your Christian friends you could make some different friends. You could get around the wrong group of people and they might influence you in a negative way. You could make a very foolish decision, a choice that is not God honoring. And that stupid mistake could ruin your life.

You could miss out on God’s favor in your life. God could give you a marvelous opportunity but you will miss it. While on your break from God you are taking a break from His blessings. You are not in the right position with the right attitude to take the right action.

Whatever you do don’t ever take a break from God. You may need a break in other areas of your life but you never need a break from God. Always stay close to Jesus because He will never take a break from you.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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