by Rob Campbell
Let me share a few thoughts that should mesh well with Joelâ€™s post yesterday. The antidote to burnout is honoring the Sabbath (â€œcease to exist, to stop, to bring things to a halt, a DAY OF RESTâ€). The command to observe the Sabbath is one of the Big Ten, isnâ€™t it?
Here are some things to consider in light of the Sabbath:
Sabbath is a matter of rest, not ritual.
â€œWork six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the Lord considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.â€ Exodus 31:15
â€œHe leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.â€
â€œCome with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.â€ Mark 6:31
â€œItâ€™s useless to rise up early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone. Donâ€™t you know He enjoys giving rest to those he loves?â€ Psalm 127:2
Oneâ€™s principle behind the Sabbath will determine the priority of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28).
The Sabbath is a matter of good, not greed (Matthew 12:9-12).
The Sabbath is a matter of Lordship over legalism.
â€œFor the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.â€ Matthew 12:8
Now, consider the following three questions. First, what day each week is your Sabbath? How do you refresh your spirit? What do you need to change in your schedule?
Before you move on to something else right now, please read Isaiah 58:12-14.