Growth In The Dog Days Of Summer
Did you begin the year thinking “I can do this, I will do so much better then I did last year” were you resolute in your thinking “I won’t let it slip away on me this time, there is no way I will be distracted or discouraged” did you set lofty goals “I am going to dedicate 3 hours a day, memorize, recite and study with renewed vigor”.
We are now 6 months into the New Year and the weather is beginning to change. Your summer plans are probably coming together; vacation time is coming up, the kids are out of school, the BBQ is all ready as the pool sparkles in the sun, the car is nice and polished, the road trips and weekend getaways are all planned and sometimes it is so easy to put the word of God on the shelf. On the opposite side of the equation perhaps your summer looks more like you have taken a full time position in the local assembly as tent meetings, children meetings, kids camps, DVBS, and every sort of outreach work marks your calendar. No time to relax because this year you are full time in the service of the Lord but don’t let your eagerness of service dull your senses to your own personal time with the Lord. Dear believer no matter if your focus is to relax, renew or rescue don’t forget about the importance of maintaining a healthy and vibrant relationship with Christ! Those goals that were set out at the beginning of the year don’t let them go on summer holidays as well.
Peter writes to believers who were living in circumstances far different them most of us will face in our summer months. Preoccupied with survival instead of summer they faced heavy trials as they became displaced because of persecution. As they fought for survival Peter encourages them not to fall into the trap of bad attitudes but to renew their focus and guard their hearts through the word of God.
1 Pet. 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
Just maybe this is the encouragement we need once again as we hit the mid way point of the year. We might not be struggling with malice, slander or envy but despondency, indifference or even burnout is what we are dealing with today and in the coming months ahead. Dear believer perhaps be aware of the pitfalls and dangers that you may face in the next few months as relaxation turns into regression or service into stagnancy. The apostle Peter knew the dangers the believers he wrote faced as routine, norms and scenes began to change and challenged their walks with the Lord. As the awesomeness of summer oftentimes brings about a time of change in our normal lives let’s be aware of the snares that we may face and taking note of the words of Peter continue to pursue the sincere (unadulterated or pure) word of God.
Perhaps renew your spiritual goals for the summer so that you can maintain, by the pure word of God, steady growth in your walk with the Lord.
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has three young children.