“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:”Exodus 20:8-10
Rebekah and I were both raised in church, and we could probably count on one hand the church services we missed while growing up. Rebekah grew up in a pastor’s home, and my parents were quite involved in various ministries in our church. We were not allowed to take Sundays off, and the world would not seem right if we were not in church on a Sunday.
While we both knew this, we had a falling away for a period in which we simply stopped going to church. We had not found a church home as a couple, and we were floundering. Rebekah’s dad met with us, and he told us we could not have his blessing for marriage if we did not find a church we would attend on a regular basis. We knew we needed to go to church, but we had gotten into a bad habit of skipping out. We came to know that one missed Sunday often leads to many more.
Sundays had become “fundays” for us, and although we were observing it as a day of rest from regular work, we filled the day with the busyness of the things of the world. We were not keeping it holy and set apart as a day to rest and worship God, and we acted as if there was not a church in the world for us to attend. We became comfortable with making Sunday our day instead of the Lord’s day. We did not make time for God, and we did not observe the day as a day of rest and worship. We often ended the day exhausted and ill-prepared for the upcoming work week. Spiritual rest and replenishment is vital for our spirit, and physical rest is vital for our body.
It is important that we obey the command God has given us to keep one day a week set aside for rest and worship. We should do all we can do to get our work done throughout the week so that we can give our bodies, minds, and spirits a day of rest. We need the day to honor our God and enjoy physical and spiritual rest. We often burn the candle at both ends and burn out because we live under the mantra, “I’ll sleep when I die”. We sometimes view this commandment of God as an archaic suggestion instead of seeing it as a commandment from a loving Creator who knows what we need.
Where are you today friend? Is Sunday just a “funday” for you? Do you keep the Lord’s day holy and set apart to worship Him? Are you honoring God with how you spend it? Are you taking the day of rest and replenishment as you should? May we find ourselves in God’s house on His day, and may we find rest in Him for our body and our soul.