15 June 2009

Summer & Sleep – 6.15.09

Proverbs 10:5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Summer is upon us. Now, we've got an ambitious group of young people here at THE BIBLE Baptist Church and many of them are working jobs, taking classes, doing internships, or all of the above. But for the average student summer means quite a break in the load of responsibility. Summer means no school, no studying, no quizzes, no teachers, no tests. Summer means hanging out with friends, hitting the beach, going on vacation, swimming, snorkeling, shopping, sports, sleepovers, smoothies…you get the point.

But one of the most popular summer activities that I failed to mention also starts with s – SLEEPING. You ought to hear Bro. Danny Farley (pastor of Shady Acres Baptist Church in Houston, TX) correct the popular phrase "sleeping like a baby." He more appropriately describes it as "sleeping like a teenager." Teenagers can sleep! I mean out for 12 hours without moving a muscle, and nothing – not the rooster's crow, not the alarm clock's annoying ring, not mom's yelling or sister's piano practice, not the rocket launch, or the bomb that went off at the neighbors – is going to wake them.

Now, I'm all for getting a healthy amount of sleep. I'm not a real happy person when I don't, but there is a spiritual lesson here.

Summer is a great time to get in on gathering God's harvest. The summer time, when responsibilities are somewhat diminished and you've got some free time on your hands, is a great time to get involved in the outreach ministry of your church. It's a great time to take full advantage of the opportunities for you to fellowship with God's people and spread His gospel.

If your church is taking a summer mission trip or a summer youth trip – GO! If your church is planning a special evangelistic effort – GET INVOLVED! If your church is doing what it should and regularly reaching out with the gospel – PARTICIPATE!

Wake up and make your summer count.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

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