“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…” Exodus 20:8
A Sabbath is a day that is meant to be holy! This is what is being said here in Exodus. You notice though that it does not say how a Sabbath is meant to be done! Yes in Genesis, God rested on the 7th day from work, but it does not say that he did not enjoy his hobbies, healing, or anything at all! There are so many ways that a Sabbath can be made into full rest!
A Sabbath today is not like the Old Testament Sabbath’s where people do absolutely NOTHING! Some conservatives have gotten stuck in the old views of what one should look like, but there are so many ways to enjoy a day of rest!
When Jesus came to die for our sins a covenant was formed which allows for a relationship with Christ! Now if you have a relationship with Christ, you have so many ways to find rest in His presence! God doesn’t say that we cannot do anything on the day of rest, but he wants us to find peace and rest in Him and in his presence!
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. -Hebrews 4:9
God rested and has called us to rest, but we do not have to rest on Sunday’s, we can rest on the day we have off from work. As long as we find time to rest in Christ, that is what matters. Sabbath looks different for each of us. For me Sabbath may look a lot like work, but it is me finding complete rest in Christ…
My Sabbath, which was today, looked like this…
I woke up around 12:30 pm (I slept in, but then again, I sleep in all the time!), I watched Netflix for an hour, went to get dinner, went to the store to get groceries, and then came home put groceries away, and finally I cleaned my home! This sounds like work, right? Not for my soul! While cleaning, I have Pandora on one of my 2 favorite stations (Blanca or Jamie Grace) and I sing, dance, and worship God while doing things that might need to be done. It is a way for my heart to focus on Christ and to praise Him for all he has done for me and continues to do for me! After all was said and done and there was no cleaning left to do, I went outside with a glass of red wine in hand, sat in the rocking chair on our balcony and started to laugh! Though my heart was praying and I was finding rest in the Father while cleaning, my heart was still worried about somethings. When I went out into the cold night air, looked at the sky, for some reason… I just started to laugh. I laughed the burdens of my heart away in a conversation with Christ! Then my heart started to fully find rest and joy in his presence!
I’ve have and had friends who have found a Sabbath day including: naps, Netflix, fellowship, songs of Worship, hours in the word, hours in prayer, cleaning, reading a book, working out, helping others (soup kitchen as an example), or anything that brings you joy, but is also centered on Christ! If it does not bring you joy, fill you up, or point to Christ, then it cannot be a Sabbath! Actually going to work is not an option either.
Time for a Sabbath… Does it have to be 24 hours? Does it need to be 12 hours? Does it have to be Sunday? Does it have to be Saturday? Does it have to be so many hours for it to count as a Sabbath?
The answer to all of these is NO! A Sabbath can be a full day or a few hours. It needs to be plenty of time to find rest in Christ, but there is no time restraints ever mentioned in the Bible! God wants us to rest in Him, that is not negotiable… It is essential to our beings and our spiritual lives, but does he say… “You MUST spent 24 hours with me to count it as a Sabbath!” NO… He never says anything about the amount of time rest in him needs to be. We need to be finding rest in him each day for 15 minutes minimum, but a Sabbath is more time than normal given to spend time in worship with God so that your cup can be filled.
If we are not filling out cups daily, then we will run dry from all that we pour out into others and things throughout the day! This happens all too often to Christians (new and seasoned believers)! We have to take time to find rest in God! That is the point of a Sabbath! To take time away from the things that keep us busy and keep us struggling daily, to focus ourselves completely on Christ, the cross, and what God is doing in and around us! We are too busy to see what is actually being done in our lives sometimes, but a Sabbath is a time to reflect, confess, listen, and plan all while reading God’s word and trusting him to hold you steady and to fill your heart and cup to where it is over flowing and you can pour out unceasingly to where a daily 15 minutes in the word keeps you replenished! You never want to run dry! Always be panting for more…
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? -Psalm 42: 1-2
Don’t just do nothing on your “Sabbath day” but do what is worshipful to your heart as you find rest in Christ! Truly enjoy a Sabbath Day!!
Keep the Sabbath Day Holy and enjoy a Sabbath with the one who found rest on the 7th day after creating the universe! You deserve rest in God! You were not made to go without rest! Only God can refuel you to 100%!
When our phones are on 1% or completely dead to where it will not turn on… we plug it in… plug yourself in and read the word of God and let it quench your thirst!