Continued from here.
Taking a Sabbath day rest each week is one of my favorite fundamental practices and yet was one of the harder ones for me to commit to doing regularly. American culture does not support a full day of rest. We are a country of workaholics, and far too many Christians feel guilty if they are not running here, there, and everywhere every day of the week. Not taking a Sabbath rest is sin — it’s damaging to you and weakens you.
If we assume that the Ten Commandments were written in priority order, then the Sabbath actually outranks the prohibition against committing murder and committing adultery! God also provided a more detailed explanation of the Sabbath than the other nine commandments, so it clearly matters to God.
If you believe that the commandment to keep the Sabbath “went away” after Jesus, check out Hebrews 4:1-11, which specifically states:
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. ~ Heb. 4:9-10
There’s no getting around it. God has commanded us to take a day of rest weekly, and choosing to ignore this command is disobedience.
Now for the good part … Sabbath rest is AWESOME!! I look forward to it all week. As the week progresses, I find myself losing steam, but then I remember that I get to take a Sabbath rest in three days … in two days … in one day … Then, I wake up and have the glorious realization that I get to rest ALL DAY LONG!
My Sabbath feels like it goes on for days, in a wonderful way. It’s like time stops, and I get to relish every glorious minute of freedom from work. It’s like my battery is being recharged all day. Then, when I awaken the next morning, my battery is fully charged, and I am ready to face another week of productivity.
On the rare occasion that I fail to observe the Sabbath, I can feel the difference. I have less energy, and I accomplish less in seven days than I usually do in six. Thankfully, taking a Sabbath the following week gets me back on track, but it’s a L-O-N-G week in the meantime.
This is another topic I will need to write more about later.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace holding a pillow and blanket, saying, “Rest up.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]