A Christian goes on vacation for the same reason everybody else does. He needs to get away from everything back home for a while, and needs to be refreshed in his zeal for life. In some respects, however, a Christian on vacation should be different.
Christians on vacation don’t consider worshiping God as something they only do “back home.” They should take the time and make a real effort to find a place for worship. Christians on vacation should be able to find the “rest” of a worship service more enjoyable than a fish on the line or another two hours of sleep.
Christians on vacation can become as refreshed for their work as a child of God as they do for their job. In visiting other churches, you might find a church that is in need and you could find yourself performing “Christians labors of love” for another church, and find a new energy for Christ on vacation.
Christians on vacation can return with new perspectives on their home congregation. Every few years, each of our ministers is given time off, a sabbatical, to rest from constant service, as well as a chance to visit other churches and bring back new ideas and zeal to put them in action. I know I come back from my time away, I’m always loaded with new ideas!
So, as you plan your summer vacations this year, take time to slot in visiting other churches on Sunday morning. You might be surprised at the blessings you will receive. And don’t forget, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”