Google+ 07/25/13 Vacation or Victory?!

Ecclesiastes 11:5-7

 

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, So you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon,

For you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.

 

I am often amazed when churches and Christians believe God's work only gets done on certain days of the week or specific hours of the day.  The way the world wants us to allocate our time is completely backwards from what the Bible tells us to do.  We are not supposed to work God into our Outlook calendar.  We are supposed to make time in our Godly calendar for occasional Caesar work!  Working for God is at least a six day proposition every week.  Jesus even worked on the Sabbath when it was necessary for the Kingdom of God.  We never know when God will use something we are doing for His glory.    Jesus did not take a vacation.  He was a tireless worker and was virtually never alone.  He was always preaching, teaching, eating, and fellowshipping with His "Family of God," which was ever-changing.  Jesus had an inner circle.  They were called His disciples.  They met regularly together, apart from the crowds.  When was Jesus alone?  The Bible says only when He went to God in private prayer.  He wasn't even alone when He was crucified.  Soldiers were right below Him gambling for His clothes.  My "vacation" this year is going away with my "inner circle" to revive each other, in God, and plan for another year's ministry with Jesus at the helm.  The hair on the back of my neck stands up when people say, "I just need to get away!"  From what or whom?  If you look at most churches from June through early August, you will find they are very empty.  I need for everyone to understand that God does not go on vacation!  His Kingdom still needs to be served.  For most people, school is out and the children need additional, Godly activities to keep their idle hands busy.  I love my "Family of God" and I do not need to "get away from them!"  Like Jesus, I want my disciples around me all the time.  They pray for me.  They encourage me.  They work alongside me.  They are my best friends, and best of all, some of my "Family of God" are also my biological children!  Does it get any better than that?!  Before another "manufactured" holiday comes along, so that we can once again get out of work, please evaluate your life using the Bible, rather than the world, as your guide.  We all get physically tired.  We need some rest daily.  You will not find the words "summer vacation, three-day weekend, or retirement," anywhere in the Bible.  Let's fuel each other to work for God's Kingdom every day.  The Holy Spirit is with us here on earth to help.  Mentally and physically, we must "pencil-in" God on more days of our Outlook calendar.  If we don't, our ultimate, eternal "vacation" will not be in paradise.  Be careful what you wish for.  If we keep asking for more time away from God and His Kingdom, we are likely to get it.   We get to choose...Vacation or Victory?!