Today marks the first day of the summer break in Knoxville. Those of you with children know that their minds have been preoccupied with finals, end of year projects, celebrations and the anticipation of “no more school.”
Don’t you remember the feeling? It was that great sense of freedom that we experienced on the last day of school each year.
At the Carver house, that freedom comes with responsibility. Hollianne makes sure that chores are assigned and completed, books are read and minds stay active. The educational process continues all summer long.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
Our efforts to follow Jesus should never take a summer break. We need to be intentional about our pursuit of Jesus.
The book of Matthew (Chapter 25) talks about a diligent, intentional work ethic. A man entrusts his workers with a certain amount of wealth. One is given five talents, another three talents and another is given one talent. The first two men worked hard and proved to be good stewards of the talents, and the master rewards them accordingly. The third man did nothing- as he simply hid his talent in the ground and waited for the master to return. This third worker was reprimanded for his poor effort.
The parable has a universal meaning that we are entrusted with certain gifts and resources. It’s our responsibility to be workers for God- always seeking to develop what the Lord has blessed us with. All our work should be for the glorification of God and His love for us. This is an active process. It comes from reading His word, refection and prayer.
Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal. John 6:27
There’s no summer vacation from pursuing a life filled with Jesus. It’s intentional and purposeful…with eternal rewards.
God bless your work this summer. Please pray for my efforts to be a better man…and let me know how I may pray for you.