Sabbath is about taking care of the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Don’t just focus on your physical needs. It is not just about our emotional needs. Be careful you don’t neglect the spiritual aspect of your life.
We are spiritual beings. So often, our spirit is empty. It needs to be refilled with God’s presence, God’s power and God’s love. We need to increase our awareness of his presence in our lives. Sabbath will do that.
It is wise to be reminded that there’s a lot more to life than just work and play. In Mark 8:36-37, Jesus asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Those are good questions to ask yourself every seven days. What am I willing to give in exchange for my soul? What did I give the last few days of my life to? Where did I invest the time that I will never get back?
Sabbath provides the opportunity to slow down, step out of the traffic and look to God.
It is time to relax, reexamine our lives, to regroup, reevaluate our priorities, to tune into God, to listen to him, to regain the proper perspective on life, to rebalance and recalibrate our lives and make sure our focus is on God.
We all need that. It is a healthy practice. It is a biblical practice that is commanded by God.
Sabbath really should be a priority in the life of a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. Every seven days, we all need to rest our bodies, recharge our emotions and refocus our lives. It is the way God made us.
Honoring the Sabbath is about living life God’s way. When you do, you benefit physically, emotionally, spiritually and in every other way.
Jesus has a message for people who are overloaded, overworked and overwhelmed. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” — Matthew 11:28-29
Sabbath-keeping is countercultural. It doesn’t happen by accident. You must do it on purpose. You’ll have to plan for it. You’ll have to make it a priority. And you’ll have to keep fighting for it.
Otherwise, you will drift right back into complacency on a commandment that God expects us to take seriously. You can do it with God’s help.
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