Take a Sabbath!
‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.’ Mark 2:27
Who doesn’t love to celebrate special days? We love to celebrate birthdays, holidays, important occasions. Those days are different than other days. Take birthdays for instance. What would childhood be without balloons, candles and plenty of gifts to unwrap? Or Thanksgiving? Who doesn’t like to celebrate a day set aside to feast with family and friends while giving thanks for the goodness of God? Or anniversaries? A day to honor and rejoice for all the years, both good and bad, spent together in commitment, friendship, and love.
Special days are nothing new. They have been around since the beginning of time. Days that we make sure not to forget but honor in some special way.
God said, ‘Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.’ This too, is to be a special day set aside in our lives to rest, honor, and worship God. God created a need for sabbath rest deep within us at our creation, which is why it is so important. The need for physical rest is vital to our well-being. Taking time to recharge our batteries helps in making us better people emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Most know that nonstop busyness can wear us down and cause major physical problems or illness. What we so easily forget is that our spiritual lives work that way, too. As Christians, we’re called to represent Christ wherever we go and share the good news through our words and actions. That’s not easy. If we are pouring out our faith all the time, we need to refuel. Taking a Sabbath and resting with God revives us spiritually with the energy and encouragement we need to live each day as bearers of God’s good news.
So, dedicate a day, even in the busy seasons to take a sabbath rest. Find time to withdraw from it all and be with God. Give yourself a break both physically and spiritually. Focus on what is really important—take time to recharge, honor God through prayer, study scripture, and be in worship.
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