The summer season is in full swing. School is out and graduations have sent many young adults into a new chapter of their life. Little league baseball/softball diamonds as well as outdoor volleyball courts are a flurry of activity. Swimming pools are once again a big splash. The BBQ grill is getting fired up. Summer vacations and visits to relatives are on the horizon. A lot of time is being spent on leisurely activity.  <!–split–>

Hopefully leisurely doesn’t describe your spiritual life when it comes to your summer calendar. Just because it is summer doesn’t mean we have time off. We are called to Christian service 24/7/365.

Our relationship with God is a working relationship. It is not something that we can actively participate in today and take a day or two off. It is daily.

In Revelation 2:2,5b, John writes where Jesus is telling the church of Ephesus, “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance…do the works you did at first.” God sees and knows all. We are not able to hide anything from God. Although we may try, we just can’t. God knows our works; knowing our thoughts, words, and actions; knowing the motives and reasons.

When we seek the ways of the world instead of the will of God we tend to get off course as to where God is leading. And we need to be brought back, remembering what we first did and why we did it. God is to be our top priority, even during the summer when we have a tendency to be slackers.

We also read in James 2:26 that “Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.” Keeping the works going in the summer, as well as the rest of the year, will only strengthen and enhance our relationship with God; deepening our faith. Nothing will please God more than to have a strong and healthy relationship with each one of us.

So as you are sitting on your patio or porch, resting under a shade tree, or just relaxing for the day, take a moment to spend some time with God. You will be glad you did.

See you Sunday if not before.

Pastor Tim