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“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God…”

– Hebrews 4:9

Let’s look at what it means to store up heavenly treasures and how taking care of ourselves through rest is an important part of living in the abundance of God’s Kingdom. Today, I want to share the Biblical foundation for this concept — Sabbath. The Shabbat (or Sabbath) was the key to Jewish culture. In the Jewish lifestyle, one day a week was always dedicated to rest and learning instead of trade and labor. While it’s logical to think this was strictly a day of inactivity, the often overlooked fact is that knowledge and growth were also a big part of it. 

The Sabbath was when everyone gathered in the synagogue to study the Torah and all were invited to teach, learn, and contribute to the body of knowledge in their community. In Jesus’ day, this stood out because the Jews were the only group who partook in such a prolonged period of rest. Perhaps it’s also why the Jews have been so successful at whatever they do; they’ve learned that work comes out of rest and good decisions come out of learning. 

Friend, you were made for Sabbath! Nothing good comes from being worn out and overworked, and it’s not selfish to take a day away from the grind to invest in yourself. Follow the example of God’s people and, as much as possible, separate from all forms of connection to your job at least one day of the week. Use that time instead to slow down and apply yourself to something totally different. When you break from the routine, I promise that the Lord will meet you there to bless and refresh your soul! 

Prayer


Jesus, may I follow your example and devote myself to a day of breaking from the routine so that I do not fall short of your best for my life.

Reflection


Do you Sabbath? If not, how might you begin and how might you make it a regular part of your life?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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