On the Seventh Day God rested, so we could balance our productivity with enjoying his creativity!
This week pastor Cyril Guerette talks about the sabbath and the role of work in the life of a Christian. Work is a good thing and as Christians, we are supposed to work (Even Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden worked), but along with work we are also expected to rest.
Colossians 2:16-17- Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration, or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
You are not required to take the sabbath at a specific time but the application of taking a sabbath is important in principle. The Sabbath was an image of Jesus in the bible. Taking time to rest in Jesus accomplishes the purpose of the Sabbath.
Deuteronomy 5:12: Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.
How do you apply the sabbath?
1. Stop Working: “The Lord commanded that tomorrow would be a day of rest.” To seize all work that breaks you down to de-stress, shut off your mind, and be with God to find rest.
2. Enjoy the rest: “Come to me those who are weary and I’ll provide you with rest”
3. Enjoy Life: Do the things that you enjoy (travel, money, time with your family, hiking, sports, etc Psalm 27:4).
4. Contemplate and spend time with God: Take time during this ideally 24-hour time period to listen to worship music, pray, read your bible, talk to God or connect with God in any other way that’s comfortable to you.
If you don’t currently participate in the sabbath routinely we encourage you to ask our lead or pastoral team about how to structure or improve upon past sabbath attempts you’ve made.
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