How To Honor The Sabbath As A Christian
REST from daily labor
“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8 (NLT)
The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word that means “to rest from labor.” The word holy means something that is sacred or dedicated to God. God wants us to make the Sabbath day, feel different from the other days of the week by resting from our normal daily routine, and dedicating our thoughts and time to Him.
Here are three things anyone can do to make their Sabbath day holy.
Worship on the SABBATH
One of the best ways to keep the Sabbath day holy is to devote time to worship God. The Sabbath was not intended to burden people but to ease their burden. For someone to forbid acts of mercy and goodness on God’s day of rest is contrary to all that is right. Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, did what was right and healed a man setting for us an example of how to love.
Without some planning, the Sabbath can easily become just as busy as other days of the week. Plan out your week with the Sabbath day in mind so that you have plenty of time to rest and worship. Run errands, clean your house, and get other tasks taken care of during the week. That way, the Sabbath day really will feel separate and holy.
Plan uplifting activities
The Sabbath may be a time for us to rest from our daily labors, but this doesn’t mean that we should not do good acts of labor on the Sabbath. We can plan activities that are focused on God, family, and providing service. Here are a few uplifting activities to consider.
- Visit family and friends.
- Write in your journal.
- Learn more about your ancestors and family history.
- Go for a walk.
- Take food to someone who is sick.
- Plan a service project.
- Have a weekly family game night.
Isaiah 58:13-14 encourages us to “Keep the Sabbath day holy.
Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day.
Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. Then the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
God has promised amazing blessings to those who keep the Sabbath day holy. It will strengthen your family relationships. It will give you greater focus and confidence. As you show the Lord your love for Him by keeping the Sabbath day holy, He will help you feel His love more abundantly in your life.
Remember Mark 2:27 (NLT) Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was never intended to be a burden.
God bless you!