August 29, 2016 by maryruwe
As I was riding in the car a few weeks ago I made the comment that I love summer with the sun shining so bright. No need for heavy coats, gloves or boots. Then a song came to mind that I use to hear as a teen, “Summer time, Summer time, sum, sum, summer time, Summer time, Summer time, sum, sum, summer time”. I think of summer as laid-back; taking it easy; sitting in the sun or the shade as the case may be. As a child the summer meant going swimming, taking a vacation; days filled with play, and being carefree before school began again.
As I was reminiscing about the years of summer fun, I heard the words “Summer time is over”. I thought that was a bit funny since it was still the middle of July and summer is not quite over. As I pondered what that last thought could mean – that Summer time is over – I believe God was saying that it’s time to get back into the swing of things, get back to work, quit taking it so easy spiritually; stop being so comfortable where we are (maybe even lukewarm). According to Revelation 3:16 it is not a good thing to be lukewarm!
It’s time to get up and walk toward and in the calling God has given us. Get up again if we have fallen down in discouragement or apathy or distractions and excuses. This is not the time to say we’ve put in our time; we’ve taught for years; ushered for years; sang in the choir for years, volunteered for years and now it time for the younger generation to take over. No. No. No. This is not the time to grow weary in well-doing. Galatians 6:9 assures us that this is the due season to reap if we faint not.
Though there is some truth to the fact that we might not be able to get on the floor in the nursery and toddler classes to teach, we should never just quit. Though it’s true that we need to make room for the younger generation to walk in their plan and purpose for the Kingdom, we need to remember that God always has something for us to do; we should never just quit.
God made the summer. He set the boarders of the earth with different seasons (Psalms 74:17). Summer is a sign of God’s Covenant with seed-time and harvest (Genesis 8:22). These last days are harvest days. We need to be ready and prepared to minister to those we come into contact with each day. Are we prayed up to receive God’s Grace and strength and wisdom to do what He has for us? Are we keeping our ‘lamp’ burning with the oil of the Holy Ghost or have we run out of oil, and our desire for the things of God? In Matthew 25:1-13 we read about ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom; five wise, five foolish. I didn’t call them that – the Bible does. While waiting on the bridegroom to come they all slept but when awaken by the coming of the bridegroom only the five wise virgins were ready to go with him. The five foolish had let their lamp burn out. Then while they were trying to “re-fire” their lamp, they missed the bridegroom. We are instructed in verse thirteen to watch because we know not when the Son of Man will come. This means to stay alert and aware of the times and continue to walk in the way of the Lord.
Though we live in this world and have responsibilities that come with this life, we are not to be involved in excess with the way the world does things. We are to be filled with the Spirit and do things the way the Lord wants things done (Ephesians 5:18). The Bible also teaches in Colossians 1:8-10 that we are not to cease to pray, but desire to be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding – why – so we can walk worthy of the Lord, being fruitful in every good work.
There may be times we have to begin again to renew and refresh ourselves in the Lord to prepare for the work of these last days but this is not the time to lay down our mantle of anointing. This is the time to pick up our mantle and continue the work of those before us and to also work along with those coming after us so the work of the Lord can be completed.
Let us be fervent in prayer, dedication, compassion, faithfulness, and desire, in order to be prepared to be the vessel God needs to bring in the harvest in these last days.
Have a great week.