Yesterday was our last night of Sr. High Impact for the school year. Our summer ministry takes on a different look, taking advantage of a new schedule for students, and allowing families to have more time together.
Tim challenged us to take advantage of the summer. There is no more school every day for our students on top of work and sports, or music. The summer is a season of extra time that we can devote to God and grow in our spiritual walk. We talked about spiritual food, and where we should be in our walk.
Hebrews 5:11-14 explains clearly that if you have been a believer for a number of years that you should be teaching others instead of being taught. But there are so many people that have not moved past the baby stage of needing someone else to feed them. If you are depending on someone to preach to you on Sundays, and teach you at a Bible Study, but are not digging into God’s Word on your own, and teaching others what God is teaching you, you are still stuck on milk and cannot handle solid food (vs 12).
Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Hebrews 5:14
Are you training yourself? If you’ve ever exercised, played a sport, dieted, played a musical instrument, gone to school to one day have a career, you know that it takes training and discipline. It’s the same with your spiritual walk with Christ. It’s more than just believing and making the choice to follow Christ. You must train yourself. Dig into God’s Word on your own. Don’t just read over the words, but really dig in and find the meaning and listen to what God is teaching you in your own life through scripture. The study Bible I have has probably twice as much explanation for each scripture I read, and I really like how it helps me to understand more and open my eyes to a meaning I may have missed.
So what is holding you back? Are there distractions? Are you afraid you’ll loose some friends if you decide to follow Christ whole heartedly and truly seek Him? Your rewards for following Christ instead of man are so much more worth it. This world is temporary, but eternal life with God is forever. How about your hobbies or even what you do when you’re bored, do those things stand in your way of spending time with God? Tim and I got rid of tv in our home, partly to save money, but mostly because it was a huge distraction for me. It was so much easier for me to sit infront of the tv to rest than for me to pick up my Bible and read and study God’s Word. Which, when you start to study and get closer to God, there is nothing else that can give you rest and fulfillment like God.
Even though we don’t have tv, I still have temptations to do other things besides spend time studying scripture. Today when Hannah went down for a nap I finally got around to doing a work-out video, and then wanted to just play a game on the xbox, but felt God telling me to go grab my Bible and take advantage of this quiet time in our house. I wanted so badly to put it off, and thought to myself, “Oh, I’ll have time later.” But listening to God and knowing better was much better than playing a mindless game. The verse that stuck out to me the most today in Matthew 12 is verse 30, “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” That really got me thinking. Am I actively working with Christ? If I chose to ignore God telling me to spend time in His Word, who was I working with? The extra study at the bottom explains this verse more: It is impossible to be neutral about Christ. Anyone who is not actively following him has chosen to reject him. Any person who tries to remain neutral in the struggle of good against evil is choosing to be separated from God, who alone is good. To refuse to follow Christ is to choose to be on Satan’s team.