For several years at CCC, we have taken a “summer end break” from our Sunday night C-5 and most of our Life Group gatherings. Someone asked me: “I don’t understand why we have to do that? Why do we need a summer break?”
My first thought was (and I did not voice it)—“If you taught or led several sessions a week and preached every Sunday then……..!” I am glad I did not react in that way but simply to say that we need a “sabbatical” to renew our bodies, minds, and spirits. It is also a time to plan groups and activities for the new church year that begins in the fall and to research new resources for our spiritual growth.
As I think of renewal, I am reminded of God’s promises:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (II Corinthians 4:16)
God wants us to be renewed daily. He knows the things that drain our strength and energy physically and spiritually—the circumstances and the people. He knows that we need time to be with Him and be renewed. Time spent away from work and responsibilities (even at church) can be good sources of fun and bonding with family and friends. But the true source of renewal spiritually is time with our heavenly Father. When we make time for God in our lives, especially at the start of a new day, He will renew and prepare us for all that we might encounter. Our daily worship with Him not only will renew us but also prepare us for our worship gathering on Sundays!
Think about the verses that I quoted above. Let God renew you by His presence and His love!