NEVER Rest From Worship

You have worked hard all year. Now summer is here! It is time for VACATION!!! Vacation is a word much discussed throughout the summer months. One of our biggest events of the year at our church has just ended and it even has vacation in the name, Vacation Bible School! Many of us look forward all year to summer vacation! July, in particular, is a time when many people have either just gotten back from vacation or are about to go on a vacation. Maybe you have a favorite vacation spot: the beach, the mountains, the lake, or even your front porch?

Regardless of where you vacation, we all need a break sometimes. Vacation allows us to re-charge our batteries so that we are rejuvenated to attack the world and all of our many responsibilities that can weigh us down. However good vacations are, we are to never take a vacation from doing the Lord's work. We should never need a break from him.

In 2 Corinthians 1:24, Paul says, "we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in the faith." Paul is emphasizing that the Christian life is work, but it is a joyful work. The reason it is a joyful work is because the result is a firm foundation of faith. But, we know that one of the 10 commandments is to rest. However, it is important to note that when God told man to abide by a Sabbath rest, he did not tell man to rest from worship, but to regularly rest from work. In fact, the resting form work gave man more opportunity to worship on that special day of the week. Therefore, this command to rest implies a commitment to NEVER rest from worship.

I want to encourage you to not rest from worship this summer. Continue to be faithful in your service to the Lord. It is in our service to the Lord that our batteries are re-charged and we are readied to live life to the fullest. Let your work unto the Lord be a joy, and allow it to ready you stand firm in the faith. I assure you, Satan never takes vacation. You need a constant and steady devotion to the Lord's work in your life if you will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

In Christ Alone,

Pastor Chas