, Muskogee, OK

May 14, 2013

Fort Faith: Save some room for Jesus on your summer vacation

Barrett Vanlandingham
Fort Faith

— Summer is when most people try to squeeze in some vacation time. And why not?

School age kids will be out of class in little more than a week. And besides, everyone needs a break now and then.

But one thing Christians must keep in mind is that summer break does not mean a vacation from God.

After all, what if God took a vacation from us? We would be in a world of hurt!

For me, it would be unthinkable to go on a vacation to relax the body He created, or admire His handiwork in nature, while leaving Him at home or penciled-in somewhere in my weekly planner until I am ready to continue our walk.

In one of Jesus’ parables, he said, “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes (Luke 12:35-37).”

Jesus teaches that we must always be ready for his return, “because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him (v 40).”

This advice does not sound like Jesus thinks it’s a good idea to separate ourselves from God, even for a minute. Remember what happened to Peter when he was allowed to walk on the water but then took his eyes off of Jesus?

He sank, just like the ark probably would have if Noah would have chosen to use his own blueprints instead of God’s.

We have the choice everyday to walk with God or not. If we choose not to, there will be consequences, either for ourselves or someone else, possibly a friend or family member who looks to you as an example of righteousness.

Whether your break hits in the summer, fall, winter, or spring, it is important for Christians to use whatever time you have to grow closer to our heavenly Father, not farther away from Him.

We must constantly seek to spiritually renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2) by spending more time with Him in prayer and Bible study. This will not only give us helpful knowledge, but will help us to be better prepared to carry out His instruction (2 Timothy 4:2).

This may mean something as simple as modeling the servant-heart of Jesus in your own neighborhood, or even when you go on vacation. Have a blessed week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or