This blog by Sheila Alwine reminds us that there are a lot of great opportunites to share Jesus this summer. Need some ideas to plant seeds? Read on….
Summer brings a lot of good things, whether you’re a kid or an adult. We all remember the excitement of the last day of school. It was both an ending and a beginning, and the long, hot days of summer stretched before us, just waiting to be filled with the joy of childhood play and fewer responsibilities.
One of the best things about summer is fresh garden produce, especially in the South. I never enjoyed sharing the work of gardening and harvesting, but I did enjoy the results. Those hours spent under a tree in the yard stringing and breaking beans or shelling peas or shucking corn paid dividends when suppertime came. My family ate organic before organic was cool, and I have to admit, I didn’t realize the blessing of it at the time. It was all I knew.
Summer brings bounty in the life of the church, too. Vacation Bible School, mission trips, backyard Bible clubs, tent meetings (if you’ve never been, you’re missing something special). The slower pace of summer offers us a lot of opportunities to plant the seeds of the gospel and watch God’s Word bear fruit – the organic, life-changing, spiritual nutrition of the good news about Jesus.
Listen to these words from Isaiah 55:10-12.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
How will you plant the seeds of the gospel this summer? What can you do right where you live, work and play, to be a gospel witness?
* Taking your kids to the pool? Make an effort to meet some new families, and get to know them. Invite them over to your house for a cook-out.
* Kids involved in travel ball or end-of-regular-season sports? Maybe there’s a single mom who needs help with travel arrangements or the cost to participate.
* Live in a neighborhood with loads of bored kids home for the summer? Team up with another family and offer a weekly time of fun and games in your yard, and include a Bible story or devotion.
* Vacation time causing extra stress to get things done at the office? Offer to help out a co-worker so they can leave on time and enjoy their vacation without worrying about the load when they return.
* Join a mission trip team and go somewhere you’ve never been, and are even fearful of.
* Sign up to help with your church VBS and work with kids who need a solid adult presence in their life.
* Reach out to a local organization and offer to tutor or help with summer school.
* Volunteer at a local camp.
* Host a neighborhood social and make sure you invite that neighbor you don’t even like (yet!).
* Hang out on your front porch instead of inside in the air conditioning, so you have opportunities to greet the people taking a walk as the evening cools off. Offer them a drink of water and get to know them.
The gospel doesn’t take the summer off. In fact, it’s one of the best times to be out and about, living, speaking and acting in a gospel-centered awareness.
How will you share the gospel this summer? Commit to planting the seeds of God’s Word, and watch them bear fruit for eternity!