The Sabbath - Part 2: Rest


In my last post, I talked about why it is important to follow the Sabbath. Now, I want to help you understand how we can honor the Sabbath and help to keep it holy.

Here are five ways we can do this:  

  1. Unplug ourselves from ALL work
    Sit back from the hurry and the frantic pace of the world. We need to cast our addictions aside. The cell phone is an addiction to many of us. On the sabbath, put your phone away and turn off your notifications. Your phone is not your master. God is.

  2. Do only what is restful for your body, your soul, and your mind
    You need to refresh in a way that is uniquely you. So ask yourself, what recharges my battery? For extroverts, it may be hanging out with friends. For my wife, it is baking and for me, it is golfing. Some people read, listen to music, or walk in nature. You must do what is best for you, and it may be unique, only to you. Do not set a time frame on your activity. Do not make it productive, and do not have it result in mass production. For example, if my wife decides she needs to bake four cakes because different people in the community need it, that is no longer considered resting, and she is no longer honoring the sabbath.

  3. Worship and gather with God’s people and listen to His word
    Church can count as a way to honor the sabbath. But if going to church becomes “work” for you, go to church on Saturday evening, and save Sunday for rest. That is the beauty of our Saturday service, it opens many opportunities..

  4. Provide others with the opportunity to honor the Sabbath
    You cannot be the only one blessed with a sabbath. So, if you are an employer, you must give your employees a sabbath day off. Provide them with the means and the space to honor God.

  5. Prepare beforehand in order to keep the Sabbath holy
    Have your plan ready, and get rid of distractions ahead of time. This can mean doing chores and making meals the day before. Do not fret, God understands if an emergency occurs. But if “emergencies” occur again and again, you are not honoring the sabbath.

There are six days for labor, and one day for rest. Honor God by honoring the Sabbath.

In conclusion, you are not able to have a sabbath rhythm if you are not intentional. Don’t turn the sabbath into a burden, God gave it to us as a gift! So do not disregard the gift and get clever with God, do not make excuses for breaking it. Also, don’t judge others the way they keep their sabbath. No one has appointed you the “sabbath policeman”. Focus on your own sabbath, for everyone’s time will come where they alone will be judged by God. Remember this gift God has given you, for it is a joy and a celebration. - Deuteronomy 5:12-15.