From the very beginning of the bible God gave us an example of an important principle for successful living. He wants us to prioritize the proper rest and restoration. God created the universe and then rested on the 7th day. It is not that God gets tired but that he modeled for us a very important principle of trusting him. In fact, He even put in the 10 Commandments that we should take a Sabbath day. I often say that you can get more done in 6 days than in 7 when you follow God’s plan. Trusting in Him is the only way to true rest and rejuvenation. It is a matter of faith.
This principle of giving God first place is found throughout Scripture. God wants to be first in our relationships, first in our time, and first in our finances. Without putting God first in these areas we become guilty of idolatry and fail to experience the kind of relationship with God and spiritual restoration that each of us so desperately needs.
If you do not understand this principle of worship then you will take vacation – which I plan to do and so should you because God tells us to – but you will not find any true rest. This ultimate rest is tied to our worship of and trusting in God. It is easy to get out of the habits that help us during the summer. Your schedule is different. Your routines are different. As such, it is easy to stop doing the things that you really need. If we do that we harm ourselves and fail to get the rest and rejuvenation we really need.
This summer I want to challenge you to find real rest. Stay faithful to the thing you need most – worshipping God. How do we do this?
1. Vacation but don’t vacate.
Take a vacation but do not go on vacation from God. When you are in town stay faithful to come to church and worship. It is often easy to lie in bed and skip this important part of your Christian life. Don’t allow your time away to become a bad habit of skipping church.
2. Worship without walking away.
Make sure that you take the needed break that your job allows but also determine that you will continue to serve during the summer. When you are away, find someone to replace you in your ministry position at church. Don’t let that fall on someone else. I am not suggesting that you need to skip your vacation to work in Guest Services or Kids Town but I am saying that you need to serve during the summer when you are not on vacation. We certainly need you, but to be honest, you need it more. It is vital that you stay connected to your area of service and to the people in your small group and ministry team.
3. Maintain your spiritual disciplines.
Stay faithful to read the bible, pray, and give. Take time on your vacation to say thanks. I think it is incredibly powerful when you are at the beach, the mountains, looking at the stars, or spending time with family and friends to spend some time just being thankful to God. When you are in the “non-working mode” is a great time to reflect and remember how good God is and what things are the most important in life.
Also determine to be faithful in your giving. This is an incredible act of worship. You can automate your giving at https://avalon.securegive.com. This helps you stay connected to God’s blessings and helps us maintain the ministry of Avalon Church even while you are away.
I hope you have the best summer ever!