Monday, June 18, 2012

The Morning After: Don't Waste Your Summer (Ephesians 5:15-21)

I have been doing a lot of thinking the past several weeks on what I want to get accomplished this summer. I know how prone I am to being very productive during the school years and very casual during the summer months. The more casualness of my schedule, the more I find myself living for me and becoming more lazy. Yesterday, I shared some thoughts at church on what it might mean to not waste your summer.

There is a Seinfeld episode where George Costanza gets a 3-month severance package after being fired from the Yankees and he promises to really make something of himself. He stands up and declares that this is going to be the "Summer of George." One of my main thoughts yesterday was that if the summer becomes primarily about me, it has been a wasted summer. A life focused on self is a wasted life. To help with this thought, I was greatly encouraged through Paul's words in Ephesians 5:15-16:

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."

The Christian is called to carefully watch their steps to make sure that it results in a wise life, not unwise carelessness that brings tragic results. And for Paul, one of the ways that the wise walk is seen in the life of the Christian is in making the most of the time that God has given them on this earth. Could it be that one of the most foolish things a Christian can do is to waste time and opportunities that God has given?

God knows our beginning and our end. Some of you are probably close to the end than others. But the thing is, we do not know which side of that equation we might fall in. Nobody who dies thinks they were going to die. If this was your last summer, how would you want to spend it? How would you want to use it? There are no options of jumping back into the Delorean and going back in time. This is it. It is the only summer of 2012 you will ever have. Will you make the most of every opportunity and redeem your time this summer? Think about what your future self would have wished you had accomplished for Christ and make plans to do it.

I gave several practical steps to not waste your summer from the rest of that passage in Ephesians 5. If you want to hear them unpacked, please listen to the sermon (usually posted by Tuesday).

1. Read Your Bible this Summer (vs. 17)
2. Obey the Spirit this Summer (vs. 18)
3. Engage Others in Ministry this Summer (vs. 19)
4. Be Thankful this Summer (vs. 20)
5. Seek Humility this Summer (vs. 21)

My challenge for you is to take some time and sent some goals for this summer. Make plans that are geared for eternity. What do you want to accomplish? If you make no plans to redeem your time this summer, I promise you that you will not make the most of it. You will fail. You will have regrets. Let's commit to living a regret filled summer. Let's redeem our time before it happens.

Question: What Are Some Of Your Goals This Summer?

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