Do you take the time to enjoy a Sabbath?
I am going to guess that you don’t.
Even among those who follow Christ, taking the time to rest, be still, and be quiet is approached with a stigma.
Those who do not keep busy are seen as:
- Wasting time
- Letting the world get ahead
- Not being productive
- Old fashioned
If I truly believe that my identity is not tied to the things I accomplish, then I’d be willing to stop accomplishing for Sabbath.
When identity is confused with productivity, it is difficult to trust that God is pleased with you when you rest. Through this lens, Sabbath is seen as an inconvenience.
Here are Jesus’ words on intentionally pausing:
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:27-28
In order to justify our busy lifestyles, the tendency in looking at these verses is to focus on “not man for the Sabbath.” These are Jesus’ words to the religious leaders about finding one’s worth in legalistically following rules rather than the good things of God.
Let’s not overlook the beginning of that statement – “The Sabbath was made for man.” Our ability to intentionally stop is a gift. It is necessary for us to function as we were designed. Slaves don’t get a chance to rest. Sabbath is an expression of our freedom.
Sabbath is not a time of nothingness, but a time of connection. It is a time for us to be reminded that God’s love is not based on the world’s standards of value.
Taking time for Sabbath is about trust. God’s purposes in your life can be accomplished in the other six days of the week.
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. Faith in Jesus being Lord of the Sabbath correlates with actually practicing this regular time of connection without distraction.
We cannot live in an image that we are not connected with.
What keeps you from practicing a weekly Sabbath?
What steps can you take this week to begin to make this practice a regular part of your life?
When you do participate in Sabbath, how will you make use of the time for connection?
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