While I love spending time with my grandchildren, going to their ball games, dance recitals, music programs and concerts I refuse to sacrifice my Sundays by turning them into Funday’s. I was raised in a family where Sunday was set apart to go to church and there was no question about it. It seems like just about anything can take the place of worship.
The sad thing that I see happening today is that anything and everything can take priority over church. The statistical church experts are telling us that the faithful in our churches are now only giving a priority of attending to approximately two thirds of the Sundays. You may be able to count on the faithful being present in worship 35 Sundays a year. They will be somewhere else the other 17 Sundays. This is sad when those who have been most faithful aren’t present. It is important to get away but it is also needful for you to be together as a family with the family of God.
Hebrews 10:24-25 tell us “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” These verses instruct believers to exhort one another and it is hard to do that when you are not present.
I want to challenge you this year to “use your summer for the Savior”. Jeremiah 8:20 says “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” What is your plan to reach out in your community and beyond this summer? Get involved in ministry that will reach others for Christ. At Calvary Baptist we are beginning the summer with VBS June 6th-10th and then have three different mission trips planned. We still need “a few good men”, at least one who will help drive the 15 passenger bus to Montana July 22-30, 2022. As we go to Montana on an associational mission trip, we will see the lostness of the people. There are also two mission trips being planned to Minnesota. Finally, we will finish the summer with volunteers who will share their faith under the Baptist Tent at the Missouri State Fair.
I hope you will accelerate your witness this summer. Be faithful and in worship when you are in town. Take time to get involved in some type of outreach for Christ that will make a difference for eternity. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he (or she) that wins souls is wise.” What can you do to help bring someone else into the kingdom of God?
Yours for Kingdom Growth,
Pastor Don shares from his heart in the "Calvary Connection"