I must have caught it from my dad!
No, I’m not taking about the flu that is going around. I caught his work ethic. And for the most part this has been a wonderful gift. But there is one significant down side to my working really hard—I often violate the Fourth Commandment. It’s the longest of the Ten Commandments, and here is what it says:
“Remember the Sabbath day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is n them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
I just finished reading a terrific book titled 24/6 published by Tyndale House. The author is a medical doctor, Matthew Sleeth, and he did a wonderful job of communicating the importance of practicing the Sabbath. It’s an easy book to read with plenty of humor, but very insightful. I’ve started being faithful to practice the Sabbath and guess what—I’ve discovered that I can’t wait for the day!
The late management expert, Peter F. Drucker, taught that we need blocks of uninterrupted time to make wise decisions. All of us need rest and time to pray, think, and plan. This is especially challenging to do these days.
Just think of the incredible changes the last couple of decades that have made rest and uninterrupted time more difficult. We’ve gone from snail mail, to email to text messaging. People understood that a response to a letter was going to require days. However, the average response time for an e-mail is 90 minutes, and 90 seconds for a text message! Nine out of ten Americans always keep their cell phones within reach. We are constantly barraged with interruptions.
Our Creator instituted weekly rest for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. It’s a day a week that we can focus much of our time on being with our loved ones and just getting to know the Lord Jesus even better. Philippians 3:8, 10 emphasizes the importance of this: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . . I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection, becoming like him in his death.”
This principle of resting one day out of seven is designed for our benefit. I pray that you will consider practicing the Sabbath.
Warmly in Christ,