Genesis 2:2-3, English Standard Version
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
As I am writing this it is Sunday morning. We have had our breakfast already, I am dressed and ready for church and I look forward to spending a good part of my day with God, but I am not giving my whole day to Him. I would like to, as many of you would probably like to, but I have not used my time wisely enough during the week to accomplish all that I need to get done this week so unfortunately Sunday is the day that I will end up doing it. I still have a paper to write and a little reading to do and let’s face it, I’m also writing this right now. The things that I have to do are things that must be done this week to keep my professor happy, but maybe I’m thinking backwards. Am I putting earthly desires before the desires of God? I actually am. It’s hard to admit, but I do not want to do poorly in my class so I will turn my paper in on time and it will eat into my time with God.
Exodus 20:8-11, English Standard Version
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
In all actuality though I really am not devoting my whole day to God and to rest anyway. I will probably watch a few shows and sure I will relax and rest up, but I will certainly be doing things that are probably not fully honoring to keeping the Sabbath. Now, without getting into what day the Sabbath is, what does keeping the Sabbath look like? I think that it can look different for all of us but for me I picture eating breakfast with my wife, doing some reading of the Word, going to church, being in community, listening to Christian music, singing songs to the Lord, and relaxing. My picture of keeping the Sabbath at this point is to not do anything that would be considered work and to simply enjoy the time that God has given me to unwind and to reflect upon the week. Certainly my view will change depending on the different seasons in my life, but my desire is to observe the Sabbath in a way that is honoring to God.
How do you observe the Sabbath if you currently are doing so? If you are not observing it in the way that you would like then what is your vision or your goal for the Sabbath? One thing that I know for sure is this, if you do not make a goal or are not thinking about it then you will not change your actions. What do you feel God leading you to do?