5 Ways to Seek Jesus This Summer

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The first day of summer is almost upon us! Something about seeing that date pop up on my iPhone calendar prompts thoughts of lazy days, family picnics, cornfields (I'm from Nebraska), bike rides, and vacation. Maybe you're like me and have wispy memories of childhood where you endured those last few days of school, anticipating the coming days of freedom—days to play and be carefree. I doubt this idyllic picture describes most (or any) of us today. I'm afraid we fit more easily in Henry David Thoreau's assertion that "the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

Find the things that direct you to God, and don't miss the joy of those simple moments.

How about you? Instead of slow summer days, is it more likely you will be rushing about, hurried and stressed? I find myself in that state more often than I'd like to admit. I'm not advocating a return to the summer days of our childhood, but how can you and I avoid getting to Labor Day without wondering where the summer went and why it felt so busy?

Gentle Reminders

I've been meandering in this stream of thought over the past few weeks, and here are just a few things the Lord has reminded me. As usual, they're basic things I should know by now. After all, I'm supposed to be mature—I have gray hair and grandkids, so I've got it all together, right? Umm . . . I'm afraid not. The basics are what I need to be reminded of most. So I'm going to talk to myself, and you can listen in if you wish.

1. Preach truth to yourself.

We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2, Col. 3:1–3). A good place to begin is to think about who you are "in Christ"—your real identity (read Eph. 1:3–14 and 1 Peter 1:1–9). Remember who God says you are, not who you feel like you are. Thinking about your identity in Christ, renewing your mind, and setting your heart and mind on things above is a key part of daily being transformed. Even a brief pause in a busy day to remember a key truth can be refreshing and transformational.

2. Don't let busyness crowd out God.

William Wilberforce worked for the abolition of the English slave trade a little over 200 years ago. He noted that "this perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! I suspect I have been allotting habitually too little time to religious exercises, as private devotion and religious meditation, Scripture-reading, etc. Hence I am lean and cold and hard . . . surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions, the soul will grow lean."

When I get too busy, when my soul feels "lean," it is usually because I haven't prioritized being with the Lover of my soul. I'm susceptible to this neglect. I need to hit the pause button, especially in the midst of "busy." Just a few moments to enjoy Jesus changes my perspective.

3. Listen to Jesus.

This clarion call piles up in Luke 9–11:

  • God announced, "This is my Son . . . listen to Him" (9:35).
  • Mary sat at Jesus' feet listening to Him, choosing what was best (10:38–42).
  • The Queen of Sheba listened to Solomon, and the men of Nineveh to Jonah, but one greater is here—listen to Him (11:29–32).

I believe our identity in Christ (as noted above) and intimacy with Him are two things Satan will work overtime to obscure. I want to be able to say as A. W. Tozer did in a brief prayer, "O God, I have tasted your goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want You; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. In Jesus' name. Amen."

4. Recommit to pursuing Jesus.

Talk to Jesus, pursue Him, and enjoy Him daily. I'm pretty focused (my wife and those around me would confirm this, so take my word for it). The day can rush past me, filled with activity and lots of good stuff, but I can head home at the end of the day and realize that Jesus hasn't been in the forefront of my thoughts because I was focused on my agenda. I have a little note on my desk that says, "Stop. Pray." It's my reminder that I am to be about His agenda, not mine.

5. Seize moments to be still and look for God in His creation.

As I've been writing this, a wren is singing on the deck outside our dining room. She's a tiny little thing—smaller than a sparrow—with a huge voice. I open the door a crack every morning just so I can hear her. "My wren" (yes, I call her that) faithfully sings her song back to her Creator every day, not concerned if anyone is listening. I love my wren. She points me to Jesus.

In his book, Meditation in a Tool Shed, C.S. Lewis talks about seeing a beam of sunlight coming through a crack in the tool shed door and how striking it was with the specks of dust floating in it. But then he moved so the beam fell on his eyes, and the whole picture changed as he followed that sunbeam all the way back to its source. Find the things that direct you to God, and don't miss the joy of those simple moments.

I don't know if any of this resonates with you. I know it's basic, but the older I get, the more I realize it's often the simple and seemingly mundane that points me to Jesus and causes another facet of the diamond to sparkle as His beauty draws me to Him.

May we come to summer's end and not reflect on how busy it was and how fast it went, but rather on how we experienced and enjoyed the Lover of our souls in some sweet slow moments, as well as in the busy times.

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About the Author

Martin Jones

Martin Jones

Martin is a husband, father, and grandfather, and provides directional leadership for Revive Our Hearts as Managing Director. He enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and is famous around the office for his tapped maple syrup and fresh apple cider. Martin and his wife, Helen, live in Niles, Michigan.

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