Rest In Him!

“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.” (Exodus 20:9-10, NIV)

God worked for six days to make the heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day (Exodus 20:11). During that time He created mankind in His image – to work, but also to rest! In the very beginning He set aside a day to “chill”. The Biblical Sabbath is a weekly day of rest, or a time of worship. In biblical times people who insisted on working all the time, those who refused to honor the Sabbath, were subject to the death penalty. Nowadays, people who work all the time and refuse to rest, seem to die of heart disease or other stress related problems. Obviously, rest is important to our health.

Christians have often disagreed about when, and how strictly, to observe the Sabbath. Is the Sabbath on Saturday or is it on Sunday? Does it mean that all businesses should be closed? Is it okay to shop? Does playing a game violate the Sabbath? What about watching sports on TV? Is it a sin to have fun on the Sabbath? What if I my work week starts Wednesday and ends on Sunday? Remember, the Sabbath is not just Law, but it is also Gospel. When Jesus was accused of breaking the Sabbath, He set forth an important principle: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27, NIV). That is to say, the Sabbath is God’s gift to busy, distracted, weary human beings. It’s purpose is to give us a much needed break from our jobs and every day routines, and allow us to recharge our lives by spending time with Him, our families, and ourselves.

Most importantly, the Sabbath speaks to us about our love for Christ. God wants us to honor Him by not working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. A Sabbath-rest is a reminder that we are not saved by our works: “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His”. (Hebrews 4:9-10, NIV)

Physically we need to work; spiritually we need to rest! Though many of us work extremely hard for our paychecks, those who rest in God’s grace can know that He, in His creative power and loving providence, is the One who is in control of the work that we do. He is also the One who gives us our rest!

Be sure to honor God this week by taking time to rest in Him!

Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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4 Comments on “Rest In Him!”

  1. I like this one. I will share this with my son. He understands “Chill”. Great Post!!! Take Care, God Bless, and Chill….. 🙂


  2. Daniel Undem Says:

    Great reminder. I sometimes find myself forgetting to take a day of rest, but every time I do I am thankful I did.


  3. George Hayward Says:

    Great advice here, we could all benefit from some more spiritual rest in God. Also, good thing you didn’t post this on Sunday! Haha 🙂


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