“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” …“I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live.” ~ Ecc. 3:1, 12
Summer is fast approaching. Only one month of school is left for the kids and they are getting excited. Oh yeah, the teachers are pretty excited about this as well. Confirmation Sunday is already here with first Sunday of May. Then, Mother’s Day, followed by Vacation Bible School, Father’s Day is next and then our Jr. and Sr. High youth taking off for their annual Mission Trip.
20 years ago, when I first became a pastor I can remember saying as Easter was upon us, “things will slow down after we get past Lent and Easter.” I made similar mumbles around Advent and Christmas time, “things will slow down.” But they never have and never will.
Things never slow down, nor should day. While the seasons do change, not one of those seasons is a season of inactivity. Certainly there is a dormancy period in the winter with respect to plants and certain animals. But that is not a time of inactivity, for nature, it’s just a different kind of activity. Rest is needed for the cycle of growth, for which it is gearing up. There are times of rest in the church as well, but not times of inactivity or really even slowing down. They are times of focus and preparation for what is to come. Not inactivity, just different activities.
Many people take a break from the church in the summer time. Some families take a break from the church after their children are confirmed or move off to college. Can you imagine if God decided He needed a break from us? Or, what about just some time away and chose to leave us to ourselves and check back in on us later. What if God became inactive in your life?
While the seasons change and the activities change, our doing good and devotion should not…
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” ~ John 4:23
Our worship of God should not… “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” ~ Heb. 10:24,25
Our prayers and giving thanks to God should not… “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”~ 1 Thess. 5:17,18
Our fellowship in the Christian Church should not… “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” ~ Acts 2:42
Don’t lose your Christian focus just because the seasons of the world change. Don’t slow down in serving, worshiping and following God. After all, we’re all just preparing for the growth that is coming next, in the church and in life, for each of us.