Wednesday, June 6, 2007

What if Jesus Came Back in the Summer?

What if Jesus came back in the summer? Would you be ready? Or, would he come back to find you on spiritual cruise control - taking it easy over the summer.At this time of year school is out and many businesses slow down a little, thus giving many of us a chance to take a breather or slow down ourselves. This can be a very good thing but unfortunately this attitude usually seeps into our spiritual lives as well. One only needs to walk into a church in the middle of July and return at the beginning of October to see the results. At the beginning of October one could see nearly twice as many people in the same church that they visited in July. Now, I am not saying that we should not take advantage of the summer months to travel and see family, but I am saying that often times our spiritual tempreature can be seen in our committment to worship and fellowship with those who God has brought us together with in our local church.

Clearly many of us take vacations in the summer, unfortuneately many of us take vacations from our walk with Christ. This is not how God intended our relationship with him to be. He intends that our faith should be intertwined into every aspect of our lives, all of the time. There are no breaks, there are no compartments, there is just one life that is completely swollowed up by our relationship with God. This wholistic relationship with God is summed up nicely for us in Deuteronomy,
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates" (Deut. 6:4-9).

Are you on a spiritual vacation or were you planning on taking one this summer? I hope this will change your mind.


ChosenRebel said...

Great post brother. From a pastoral ministry standpoint, the probelms that people arrive with in the Fall or that reveal themselves later in the year, are often directly attributed to the bad habits people formed on their "vacation" from Acts 2:42 devotions.

Trevor Holloway said...

That is great insight. I never thought of that!