“Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2
It’s summertime, “and the livin’ is easy.” We’re spending more time outdoors, taking weekend trips—or longer—to relax and to get away from the cares of our weekly grinds. This is a good thing for us as human beings and as people of faith. God gave us the Sabbath—one day of rest in seven—to allow us to refresh. We need to make the time for rest in our hectic lives, and summer is a great time to do it.
Yes, summer is a season to get away, to take it easy, and to refresh. But it is also a season for growth. In the natural world, the season of the most rapid growth is spring. Life is new, abundant and bursting out all around. Young plants spread their leaves and branches reaching high for the warmth of the sun.
Spring is the season for the most rapid growth, but it’s summer that brings the growth that leads to maturity. Summer growth is slower and more deliberate. Fruits ripen, seeds reach maturity in the run up to the harvest. The branches of trees and bushes consolidate the growth of the spring to prepare for the next year of continued growth.
Summer may be a time to relax, but it also affords us an opportunity to grow.
“Drawing deep from living water; reaching wide to share God’s love” is our theme for this year. In that spirit, and in the spirit of the summer season for growth, I want to challenge all of us to grow in the love and knowledge of God by reading the Acts of the Apostles during the month of August.
Written by Luke, who also penned the Gospel that carries his name, Acts records the early years of the church’s life and its growth. From the birth of the church at Pentecost to the leadership of Peter and the travels of Paul, Acts tells the story of how the Holy Spirit worked in the first Christians to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through the Roman world.
So who’s up to the challenge? If you want to take on this summer Bible Reading Challenge, sign up on Sunday’s during July. Add your email address and I will send you a reading guide with some commentary on selected passages for the week.
Make your summer a time to grow in Christ!