Whether it is work, family, hobbies, or whatever, life can move very fast. Busy makes us feel important but it is essential that as a follower of Christ we learn to slow down to reflect and to worship. It is just one of the many counter-cultural ways of living that Jesus calls us to as we respond to his call to "follow me." Originally instituted in the Old Testament, the Sabbath continues to be an important expression of our faith to know He is God (not us, our productivity, etc.), especially for the 21st century Christian. Below is part of a "Top Ten" post that may make you smile in parts or even cringe over the truth...but either way is well-worth reflecting on in these busy days.
You know you need a Sabbath when:
- The only time you are alone is in the bathroom.
- It takes you over thirty minutes to fall asleep because your mind is racing about things you forgot to do.
- You think rest is standing still in traffic.
- You go to check your e-mail for a moment and are still there an hour later.
- You cannot remember anything you ate the last 3 days.
- You drove upstate for an hour and had so much on your mind that when you arrived, you are not sure how you got there.
- You don’t know what day it is.
- You find yourself jealous and angry when someone else is enjoying life.
- When you can’t remember the last time you sat down to eat breakfast
- When you tweet during movie, text during dinner, read e-mail during meetings and classes, and learn about your spouse’s day from Facebook.
Sabbath is as countercultural, radical and prophetic as it was 3500 years ago when God invited the Israelites to stop, rest, delight, and contemplate Him for one 24-hour period each week.
Listen to a free sermon by the author of the post, Pete Scazzero, on “Sabbath: The Foundation of our Work” from Deuteronomy 5:12-15.
May you be still and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10).
How do you rest and re-connect with God?