set your mind on things above

Graduation is behind us and tourist traffic has increased.  As we make vacation plans, it is easy to “coast in cruise control” for the summer months, not really paying attention to important matters and even neglecting vital activities that feed our souls.  Summer is not the time to “take it easy” from regular Bible reading, prayer, and attending church.  Leisure and fun without Christ will not benefit you.  I encourage you from now through Labor Day to live on more than the excitement summer can offer and be fed by the Word of God in a rich variety of ways.

This is what Paul said to the Colossians in chapter 3:1-2, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”  We must actively and purposefully seek things above and set our minds on things above, where Christ is.  Keep a heavenly perspective on summer plans.  Sure there is value in family reunions and barbecues, summer block-busters and swimming at the pool, but not at the expense of foregoing Jesus and walking with Him each day.  Do not forget who you are, if you have been raised with Christ.  Getting all “wrapped up” in summer activities without the Lord will make you weak and shallow and will not satisfy in the end.

How can we seek and set our minds on things above?  Continue to read the Bible and pray and attend church, even a different church where you are traveling.  Spend time with brothers and sisters in Christ as you make summer plans.  Have a game day or barbecue or meet for iced coffees and include some Bible reading or discussion of pastor’s sermon last week.  Pick up the missionary biography you’ve been meaning to read instead of “light summer fare”.  Bring some tracts with you on vacation to share with others and spread the good news of His kingdom.  The possibilities are endless!

Let us have no regrets come September, when we return to school and work, the strains of the summer concert over and the smoke from the grill faded away.  Jesus and His Word alone sustains.  How will you have included Him in your plans?  Make these preparations today.