“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work;wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.” -Leviticus 23:3
We think Sabbath is just a suggestion. It’s not. It is actually a sin not to relax once a week. The one day a week is not a maximum, it’s a minimum. God is commanding you that one day a week to just relax. As Christians, we realize we are not slaves of the law, but that we want to live by the spirit of the law. A lot of traditions will argue about whether it’s Saturday or Sunday. I believe in Romans Chapter 14, Paul says some people do it on Sunday, some people do it on Saturday. It doesn’t matter. But in truth, we know that evil doesn’t Sabbath, so some people can’t take a Sabbath. Policemen, firefighters, and soldiers can’t always take Sunday off. And neither can pastors! There is this idea that one day a week–just one–you set it aside the day to just put first things first. For 24 hours, I’m just going to relax: I’m not going to make calls, I’m not going to try and build things, I’m not going to clean my house, I’m not going to clean out the garage. I’m just going to be with my family and my friends. On the Sabbath, you even get to take a break from negative people that you don’t want to be around. God gives you the Sabbath day to recharge, to have fun, to relax. I think the purpose of Sabbath is to begin in the house of God, and take the rest of the day to relax.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for your Sabbath day. Take you for always taking care of me. Help me to put all the work aside for a day, and just relax. Hill my household with fun, friends, family, and positivity on the Sabbath.
REFLECTION: Do you truly practice Sabbath? Try this week: either Saturday or Sunday. Skip the chores and just hang out.