True or False?
- Each day has to be as productive as possible.
- Work just gets you to what actually satisfies.
- Rest is the absence of work.
- Is God interested in our being as productive as possible every day? We seem to feel guilty if we're not.
Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday? What's allowed and what's not? Such conversations distract from what the Sabbath is actually about.
The real principle of the Sabbath is what God wants us to focus on more than the letter of the Law, which is what distracted the Pharisees. Why did the Sabbath make it into the Top 10 Commandments? The fourth commandment in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 communicates that we are completely dependent upon God's provision and must trust him. We are worth more than our work. Though we are indeed created to work, more than that we are created to worship. The Sabbath reminds us that we are dependent upon God. The world keeps on spinning while we sleep and while we rest. The Sabbath teaches us to trust in God's provision.
You can go to church every Sunday of your life and never keep the Sabbath. It's always been an issue of the heart.
True Sabbath rest is the end of self-sufficiency and the beginning of sweet communion. It's the liberating sense of your own frailty.
The Sabbath is the discipline of remembering our salvation and trusting God's control of our life.
Stop for a second. God didn't ask you to take over for him. Don't pretend to be self-sufficient, dependent on nobody.
"I can rest because God's still working." That's why God invented sleep. It reminds us of our dependance on him.
Weekly remind yourself to stop, once per week, and rest. Focus your dependency on God. You are not self-sufficient. You cannot do it on your own. That liberates you from having to from having to work for the approval for either God or man. Christ won God's approval for you, and he lavishes his love upon you with by his grace.