Here is another lie I believed for far too long…
A consistent day off for soul care would make me seem weak, lazy, and unmotivated to the world around me.
How ignorant I was!?
Although hard work is scriptural and honorable, it should not control my life. When I believe the lie of a day off will not fix my problems and it ultimately makes me weak, lazy and, unmotivated – I’m basically taking God and His promises completely out of the equation. I think we can all agree this is not a smart move. Jesus makes this wonderful statement in Mark 2:27
“The Sabbath was made for the sake of people, and not people for the Sabbath.”
Rest and rhythm that turn our hearts towards the goodness of our Heavenly Father was made for our sake. Let that truth and that promise resonate in your busy spirit. We were wired to experience a weekly rhythm of rest and refueling. When Jesus says this in Mark 2 He is revealing how the Sabbath is not for rules, rituals, and regulations. Instead it holds a powerful spiritual component that ultimately bears fruit outwardly.
Let that truth and that promise resonate in your busy spirit. We were wired to experience a weekly rhythm of rest and refueling.
Over the last few years I have thought a lot about why God would wire us with the need for sabbath. Although I do believe many of God’s designs and ways are a mystery to us (see Isaiah 55:8-9), I came across seven miracles Jesus did on the sabbath and I believe they paint an amazing picture of God’s purpose behind it.
Check these out:
1.) Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law on the Sabbath [Mark 1:29-34]
2.) Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath [Mark 3:1-6]
3.) Jesus heals a man born blind on the Sabbath [John 9:1-12]
4.) Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath [Luke 13:10-17]
5.) Jesus heals a man with dropsy on the Sabbath [Luke 14:1-6]
6.) Jesus drives out an evil spirit on the Sabbath [Mark 1:21-28]
7.) Jesus heals the lame man by the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath [John 5:1-18]
So why does all this matter?
It shows us what Jesus is doing on the sabbath as a picture of what He will do in our life through our sabbath.
He brings wholeness to our family (1.), restores what was no longer useful (2.) , restores vision (3.), gives strength for steps (4.), heals our inward working (5.), frees us (6.) and makes things happen that we have been waiting years for (7.). Sounds almost too good to be true doesn’t it? When in reality it is a part of the good news of the Kingdom of God!
Sabbath may seem only a day off, a pause in your schedule, a few moments to yourself where you look around and reflect on the goodness of God…but it is so much more!
It is as spiritual as praying, fasting, worshipping, giving and serving. It is God’s designed way to fill you up with His goodness and grace to take on the journey He has planned for you long ago!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 [NLT]