Spiritual Disciplines

Choosing Jesus: The Sabbath Truth

The Sabbath Truth

Our willingness to stop and participate in Sabbath, is a choice. It doesn’t depend on how much of my check-list I have accomplished by Thursday or Friday afternoon. The choice of celebrating Sabbath, is the same choice we make on Christmas – when we anxiously await the opportunity to open the gifts given to us by those we love.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, Sabbath is an absolute gift from our God and Creator. One to be adored by all creation.

The Truth

I don’t think we can fully understand the gift rest is. We have been given by God the opportunity to take one day of the week, and simply rest in our Creator.

Through opening the gift of Sabbath, we can

  • enjoy intimacy with our Creator
  • take time to spend with those we love
  • experience renewal on a physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental level

We don’t fight the benefits that accompany rest. We fight the compulsion to see how stretched thin we can become, as we live as though we have no limits.

Sabbath is the time to remember our Creator has no limitations, and He alone has provided all we need.

Sabbath is the gift to simply rest, and enjoy His Presence – knowing He will provide. We don’t have to fret that we are “running out of time” to get things done, because He is the Author of time.

As we take these moments to celebrate all God is and seek Him on an intimate level, we can rest assured He will provide.

Why

You and your family are to remember the Sabbath Day; set it apart, and keep it holy. You have six days to do all your work,  but the seventh day is to be different; it is the Sabbath of the Eternal your God. Keep it holy by not doing any work—not you, your sons, your daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, or any outsiders living among you. – Exodus 20:8-10, VOICE

We are called by God to remember Sabbath, because of its rich blessings given to us. God knows us far better than we could ever know ourselves. We need to rest. We cannot function without adequate rest. By not resting, we hurt only ourselves (and those we love).

God has this wonderful gift to give us – the gift of rest. What is stopping us from enjoying His rest? Is what we have on a comparable scale to what God has in His hand to offer us, through Sabbath?

Benefits

There are a few benefits of keeping Sabbath.

It is personal. We have to make the decision to keep Sabbath. Otherwise, all the benefits slip through the cracks… and we won’t experience any of it. It is an earnest heartfelt decision.

We can experience God’s Presence. His holiness. His goodness. We want more in our lives. In order to “get more,” we need to take this time to be with One who is all we need!

Let it be set apart. Get out of your routine, and just be with your Savior Jesus! That’s all we have to do. He is beckoning us to “come away with Me.” There is no expectation. All we have to do is, being willing to come. God is more than willing to spend all of your Sabbath weekend to just be with you. One-on-one. You are all He seeks.

God wants to give us the vacation we deeply seek. We just keep refusing it… Our weeks turns into months, where we have decided… I am just too busy to rest. I have X, Y, and Z still on my to-do list. Do yourself a favor. Enter God’s rest. Let yourself rest in His Presence, because God has said “It is good. It is more than okay!”

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).

Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).’

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His (Hebrews 4:9-10, NKJV).

Questions

Through the gift of Sabbath, let’s bask in His Presence and Sacrifice through the death, resurrection, and eternal life found in His Son Jesus Christ. That is our starting place for Sabbath. He is why we can rest. Joyfully, putting away our incomplete lists of tasks to be done.

How can we enter a deeper communion (intimacy) with our Savior this Sabbath?

Activities

Set aside one day to choose and worship God, while resting. It doesn’t have to be planned out. It is YOU choosing to meet with your Creator. In Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, they offer some helpful ideas for carrying out your day of Sabbath. I want to highlight a few…

  1. Have a Sabbath box of distracting items that don’t add to your Sabbath (cell phones, etc).
  2. Begin the night before, to recognize the day as a spiritual act of worship.
  3. Experience thanksgiving for the opportunity to rest your whole being, in Christ.
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4 thoughts on “Choosing Jesus: The Sabbath Truth”

  1. Hi Stacy! Thanks for the the Sabbath post! As I read it you didn’t specify which is the day for Sabbath rest. Is it left for our choice? Can we pick any day of week and make it our Sabbath? What do you say about it? And what are the activities to be done on the Sabbath? Should we just rest at home? Please have your say!!!

    1. Truthfully, I celebrate it on a Sunday. But, I know others celebrate it on like Saturday. It varies from believer to believer. It’s more important to have and celebrate Sabbath, rather than to fixate on the day. Set aside a day, and treat it as Sabbath (church day). When I celebrate Sabbath, I personally treat the weekend as Sabbath – even though it’s Sunday for us.

      http://www.gotquestions.org/Sabbath-day-rest.html
      This is a great resource as to the day to celebrate Sabbath. But anyway, like I said, the celebration is more important than the day. I have celebrated Sabbath on other days too, I’m sure. It’s just a set apart day to just rest and focus on Him.

      Lately what I do, is just focus on the Lord. IE) Spend time in the Word, prayer, fellowship with like-minded believers… Another thing I do is by playing Christ-centered music. I will take out the disc that is in my DVD player, and I put on Christ-centered music to fuel my day with the encouragement and reminder of His Presence (as well as just something to help me begin to worship Him).

      I am not legalistic about Sabbath. Even Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath (Mk. 2:27, NLT).” It’s easy to be derailed and just focus on doing things “perfect” – rather than with the right motives of focusing on my relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. It’s about the motives of our heart. We have to make sure our motives are in the right spot. As it says in Scripture all over the place, God checks our motives (Prov. 21:2, Hosea 6:6)

      If I didn’t answer any of your questions, feel free to reply.

      ~Stacey

      1. Actually, you didn’t answer my question biblically. Instead, you just addressed the Sabbath day as something personal. You say that you keep Sunday as your Sabbath day. Yet, your mention of Exodus 20:8-11 disagrees with your Sunday keeping. This verses say that the Sabbath day is solely the Seventh day, which, according to the Calendar, is Saturday. Furthermore, any mention of the Sabbath day in Exodus 20 as well as in the New Testament (see Luke 4:16, 31; 23:55-56; Acts 17:2 & 18:4) refers to the Seventh-day Sabbath being kept in the Synagogue (even after Christ’s death and resurrection in the New Testament). So why do you choose to keep Sunday as your Sabbath day?

      2. You are right – I did not answer using biblical references. Thank you for pointing that out. It is very important to support my decision with biblical truth. I am still researching, so I can’t give you the answers you seek. I encourage you to read this article. It’s so important to remember the PURPOSE (not yelling, just emphasizing) of the Sabbath. The purpose overshadows the day. It’s designed for the believer to get close to our Lord Jesus Christ through spending time with Him.

        I understand from your stance (as well as blog page) that you are very passionate about the Sabbath (and it being on a Saturday). I think it is great that you feel so passionate about something – especially relating to God. If you wouldn’t mind, how do you celebrate the Sabbath? I would love to hear more.

        Just as a reminder, we need to be careful when we feel passionately about dominating one day as Sabbath. In Romans 14 and Colossians 2:16-22, it talks about this. Apostle Paul tells us two things (A) to be fully convinced in our minds because we are accountable (Rom. 14) (B) not judge another believer because they celebrate Sabbath on a different day (both selected passages)… to not set before them any stumbling block. Instead, we are called to build one another up (1 Thess. 5:11). In response to this truth I must ask you – why do you submit to the human rules versus the freedom it talks about that we can find in Christ, in relation to the Sabbath?

        From my stance, I don’t think Sabbath should be zoomed into one specific day. Because of the freedom we have from the law (Gal 5), as long as I am celebrating Sabbath – I am doing just what I ought to be doing. As for the Choosing Jesus series, it takes a spiritual discipline – and focuses on implementing discipline into my life as a week long approach. I am blessed where my life isn’t chaotically busy, so I can celebrate Sabbath any day. It’s a time to set aside everything else, and focus solely on Him. To rest in Him.

        If you have any further questions, please email me at gracefully.overcoming@gmail.com.

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