As the summer season begins, vacation Bible studies are being conducted in many, if not most, of the churches across this city. What better time to attend vacation Bible studies than now, since we have started a new weather season? Why not start our spiritual season too? You are too tired when you get off work, true? You have too much to do, right? I know all about the excuses because I have used them before too. You see, as disciples of Christ, sometimes by the time summer swings around, we are feeling "stale." Matthew 11:28 says, "Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
Last Fall, I attended a revival at my church, and the preacher for that revival was Rev. Travis. He preached on how to keep from going stale. His sermon is certainly relevant as we enter into the vacation Bible study season. According to Rev. Travis, fatigue makes us stale in our christian walk with Christ; it is hard to be saintly because we are tired. I would encourage each and every one of us to attend our churches' vacation Bible studies; we must make that extra sacrifice to attend. This is the time to renew our strength; this is the time to bring back the enjoyment of living that has diminished or departed all together.
Attending vacation Bible study gives us a chance to repent and get back on track like the good soldiers we are. Rev. Travis said that the side effects of fatigue are depression and disappointment. He said we must rekindle, revive and reactivate ourselves. As disciples, we don't want to be depressed or disappointed because how we are going to lead if we are depressed or disappointed? Remember, we should be living our lives in such a way that for someone who doesn't even know us would want to get to know God because of the light that we shine. Depression and disappointment out our lights, and it may be at that crucial time when someone is truly looking to us for support in their decision to walk with God.
I want and need to get back in the Word.
Therese from Belize