“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118.24
This is the day!
The Lord’s day!
Ah, the sabbath!
What does it mean to you?
Do you break routine from the rest of the week?
Do you rest?
How do you keep the sabbath holy? Please, do tell!
I believe the sabbath is like breakfast and the weekend – breakfast is literally breaking from the fast from the night’s before sleep and the weekend well, it is literally as the word describes – the week’s end. So the sabbath is like a fast from the rest of the week and as it falls on the week’s end, it should be a time to refrain from working or doing the ‘normal’ activities of the other 6 days and rest or relax.
Typically, my family and I attend a service Saturday pm. I highly recommend you attend a service or two on the sabbath or sometime over the weekend. This will not only signify the week’s end, but it is a good way to start the next week.m too.
- You will grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3.18)
- You will be connected in fellowship with other believers who can encourage you and spur you on in your faith walk
- You can serve the Lord by serving your local body
All these and more are great reasons for church going and not just attendance.
I could go on and on about the reasons the church is so vital and important to your spiritual life, but let me leave that for another post.
Just go attend a Bible believing and preaching church you can call home and get connected by serving.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10.25 NLT
Then for the rest of the hours a sabbath brings…
You can do yard work if that is not work or a chore to you.
You can take a nap or rest.
You can enjoy outdoor activities.
You can spend time with family, neighbors, or friends.
It is the attitude of the heart on this day that is important.
If we treat this day like all the others or work without a break, our bodies and minds become fatigued. We can get sick and be more susceptible to succumb to temptation.
Even if you are away (like I happen to be today), don’t forsake the sabbath.
Find a local church you can worship with for this week or take your family to a quiet spot and have your own service together. Just don’t forsake the sabbath.
Purpose in your heart to make the time for the sabbath then take it.
Our Lord is so deserving of our time and we can honor Him by keeping the sabbath holy. After all it is a commandment and we can be an example for others as they see us go to church to…
The sabbath is important day to recognize and observe. It should be treated as such. It is so important that it is one of the 10 commandments and helps us stay in right relationship with God. He even left the example for us to follow as He rested after He spoke the world into existence.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labour, and do all your work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, manservant, maidservant, nor cattle, nor stranger that is within your gates:
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20.8-11
The sabbath activities may look as different as every individual, but do observe it and ask God what it is He would like to see you do or not do on this day.
Remember, the Lord’s day and keep it holy.
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