And He rested…so should we

Genesis 2: 2, 3 : And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

A good friend and I have had several conversations about the Sabbath. Each time we seem to bring up the same point time and time again – the Sabbath has somehow lost its holiness. I’m not saying the Sabbath is not holy, it is! But in many of our churches today, we’ve filled it with so much activity that the true meaning and sacredness of God’s wonderfully blessed and holy day has ceased to exist in the hearts of His people.

For many, the Sabbath meaning of rest has been taken literally as an excuse to sleep the day away. For others, its become the time for  meetings, choir practice, and almost non-stop programming. I’m not saying that activity on the Sabbath is a bad thing, but we must remember the kind of activity we do must be God focused, spiritually lifting, and faith strengthening. When God rested on the seventh day, He did not sleep the day away or fill it with meetings and activities to keep busy.  He rested from the work of creating by spending time with the created, specifically us.

I’ve grown tired of how complicated life has become. I will admit my fault in it, in that I have, like most, made life complicated by bringing it upon myself. I’m weary and long for the simplicity and purity God has given the Sabbath.  God knew what He was doing when He made keeping the Sabbath a commandment – He knew we would need it. I pray for forgiveness for turning what is sacred and holy into something altogether ordinary.

“I’m coming back to the heart of worship, because its all about You, its all about You, Jesus. I’m sorry for the thing I’ve made it, when its all about You, its all about You, Jesus.”

So the next time a meeting or practice is scheduled during the Sabbath, when it really could be set for another day, let us remember the seventh day to keep it holy, and schedule it for another time. Let us rest on the Sabbath by spending the day with God and one another – visit, fellowship, worship …the created resting by spending time with the Creator.

If you can relate, pull up a chair, come sit awhile,  and share your thoughts…

About jaealindogan

Jae is currently a team member of a worship team consisting of young people from north and south New Jersey, and has worked in youth ministries as a part-time volunteer from 2006-2009. In 2009, Jae began working full-time in youth ministries.
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One Response to And He rested…so should we

  1. aamphd says:

    Janelle,
    Thank you so much for your poignant reminder of the “gift” that GOD gave us. Guess He knew us all along…too driven. Rushed, hurried, frazzled. I am glad for the Sacred Space and cherish it [http://www.adventistreview.org/article.php?id=410].

    I pray this weekend getaway will not only RESTORE those you minister to, but that it will also offer you room to refresh your soul as well.

    Thanks for the chair, but I’m headed for the sofa, to lounge.

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