I apologize for failing to bring more weekly teachings. I did not abandon the ministry I was invited to manage the Longwood avenue Subway Station Restoration Project. So I had to do a lot of paperwork baseline schedule, Job Logic chart to sequence the construction events from start to finish, a progress payment schedule and more construction related documents that are needed to start the project.
I have a little down time so I was impressed to write a summer time encouragement article.
God and the Summer Time Message
God said, He that gathers in SUMMER is a wise son (& daughter) (Proverbs 10:5).
What are you gathering this summer Mike, Mary, John and Jasmine? What are you collecting Cathy? What are you taking in Tommy? What are you picking up Peter? What are you bringing in Bobby? Are you just taking in the sun rays on the sandy shoreline? Is Coney Island your second home? Does the mall see you more than your mom and dad or family?
Ministers, Preachers, Pastors and leaders what are you doing this SUMMER? Are you on the barbeque pit more than on the altar of God? Are you laying on the beach instead of your face in prayer?
Yes, I know thereís a time to pray and a time to play, but God said he or she that gathers in the SUMMER is wise. When we gather our thoughts by meditating day and night on Godís wordÖ
When we are picking up good habits, collecting Godly insight, bringing in souls into the kingdom of God we are wisely building Godís world on earth while everyone else is out playing. Jesus spoke about the wise and foolish virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).
Jesus said that the wise virgins (Thatís the servants who are on fire for God doing Godís will consistently) were able to hear the bridegroom (Jesus) coming. The foolish servants did not hear call of the bridegroom. Many will miss the rapture because they wonít hear the call of Jesus.
I know itís hot. I know that we want to stay cool and refreshed. I know that vacation from school and work is design for relaxation and replenishing yourself. However, we cannot stay in the sun all day, we cannot stay in the mall all day and we cannot live in Coney Island or any other amusement park or park all day.
We must remember who we serve. We must realize that thereís balance to fun and faithfulness to Godís call. God wants to be a great part of your summer festivities, God desires to barbeque with you your family and friends. God wants to be there when you have your block parties and beach parties.
God created summer to enjoy with Him, donít leave Him out donít forget about Him, donít fail to minister to those who you will be in contact with in the park, the beach, the pool, the backyard, the lake, the bay and the air conditioned mall.
God desires for us to be wise this summer and what is left of it. Be wise, intelligent and smart about the purpose of God in your life and ministry. Understand that the opportunity to minister is greater because more people are out and about in these places. They are accessible everywhere. You can have your cake and eat it too this summer but remember he or she who gathers in the SUMMER is wise. May God Bless you to gather the right things in Jesusí name, amen