How To Keep the Sabbath Holy

Sermon Passages: Exodus 20:8; Exodus 28:31–43; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Psalm 63:3; 1 Timothy 6:17–19

Sermon Notes

The ceremonial garb detailed in Exodus 28 portrays God as set apart and holy.

Our priorities are what we designate as holy. This is the stuff that doesn't move or get sacrificed in our schedule.

When Sabbath rest is treated as holy, we aren't trying to fit our pursuit of God into everything else we do. Instead, Sabbath rest is trying to fit everything else into our pursuit of God.

Prioritizing God means delighting in him. You'll be looking for ways to enjoy him more. You will not have this delight until you have Sabbath rest.

Practical Tips

  1. Prayer: a declaration that we are dependant on God. We break the Sabbath through prayerlessness because this tells God, "I got this by myself." True liberty is found in the "Declaration of Dependance."
  2. Holy Moments & Objects: Make a practice of barricading moments in your schedule for quiet time. This time is holy, set aside to remember God. Set phone reminders. Let your lunch break at work or a certain time of day be a habitual reminder for momentary prayer and reflection on what you have been learning recently. Let your door handle be a holy object, cultivating the habit of resetting your emotions when you come home from a hard day's work so you that you enter your home having just prayed instead of venting your frustration on your children. Remind yourself to pray by setting aside certain moments, objects, or places as reminders to pray and remember your dependance on God.