Sunday, July 18, 2010


Well, it’s midsummer already. Just a little more and we’ll be back in school again. During this time off, what have you been occupying your time with? Have you been actively involved in your church and other activities during this time off? Or have you been idle and lazy during this time?

We must strive to use all of our days for the Lord’s cause. We should gather with friends who are dedicated to making their life worthwhile and spend time doing things to advance God’s kingdom with them. We need to be with those friends that will encourage us towards the Lord and will join us in spending our time wisely doing what God has called us to.

In second Thessalonians 3:6, the Bible warns us to stay away from every believer that’s living an idle life:

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away
from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you
received from us.”

Notice it does not say “every person who lies an idle life”, but “every believer”. Sadly, there are many believers who are not following the teaching they received. They are in the church, but they are not willing to give up their past lives and begin living wholeheartedly for God. We need to be sure that the friends we hang out with and often talk to are those who are seeking to live passionately for Jesus Christ. When we spend time with those kinds of friends, we are more prone to having a more productive life-or summer in this case. ;)

I challenge you to gather some friends like you-people who are willing to use their summer for a better cause than lazily hanging around the house all day doing nothing. Make the most of what’s left of this summer. Come up with ideas you can do with your friends to do more than what the average teenager will do during the summer. Spend time doing things you can’t do when you’re too busy with school. Just do things you normally wouldn’t have time to. :) What ideas do you have of things you can do to serve God throughout this summer and make the most of it?

Oh, and also, whatever you do, remember Psalm 100:2:

Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

~Sophie :)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, great post Sophie! :) I have to admit that my summer is full of activities, but even then, I do have several days when I don't do anything. It is during these days that the verse Thess 3:6 becomes harder to obey. :? And, like Sophie said, idleness is not only in the form of not working, but not wanting to advance, whatever the aspect. Not wanted to pursue a career because of lack of motivation is also idleness. In the Bible we see that God never used lazy men/women, but those who were diligent and obedient.