Pastor Tim

So, if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-2).

After a long, hard winter, summer is on its way. Oh, to bask in the sun and its warmth with shorts and tee shirts… It’s been a long time coming. But don’t let summer make your soul shrivel. God made summer as a foretaste of heaven, not a substitute. As John Piper says, “If the mailman brings you a love letter from your fiancé, don’t fall in love with the mailman. That’s what summer is:  God’s messenger with a sun-soaked, tree-green, flower-blooming, lake-glistening letter of love to show us what he is planning for us in the age to come.”

It’s easy to get caught up in almost everyone’s favorite season (especially in the upper Midwest). Before you know it, it’s been a month since you last cracked open your Bible, prayed a prayer, talked to God or even worshiped with your church family. It may seem fun and care-free at the time, but then you start to pay. Shallowness, powerlessness, vulnerability to sin, preoccupation with trifles, superficial relationships, and a frightening loss of interest in worship and the things of the Spirit eventually bite you.

If this happens to you, remember Peter’s warning in Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Our refreshing comes from the presence of the Lord. Invite Him into your everyday summer schedule. Invite Him into your vacations. Invite Him into your leisure, work and fun. Let your daily events become glimpses of the age to come.

The summer creation is not all there is. At best it is a movie of the real thing. Movies give you an idea of the story but it is always scripted and a matter of camera angles and special effects. God’s Kingdom is real and refreshing. Look for it. Don’t neglect it. Jesus says, “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will you rest.”

Summer is a new opportunity to live in the Son and enjoy the glimpses of eternity. It is a time to enjoy grilled food as a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. Just don’t let it shrivel your soul. “If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

You need the pure milk and meat of the Word. You need daily fellowship with Christ in prayer. You need regular worship with the body of Christ. Enjoy the warmth of summer, but don’t miss out on the refreshing fellowship of Jesus in the process.

Fun in the Son,     Pastor Tim