Being Keepers of His Day
Verse 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Today we reach the end of our Sabbath Keeping study. Let’s revisit each main point from the last few weeks.
First we talked about ceasing. We need to cease from work; cease from the never-ending desire to be productive and accomplishment oriented; cease from worry and anxiety; cease our petty attempts at playing God; cease being possessive; cease our assimilation and enculturation into society; and cease from a life of boredom and meaninglessness. We can’t keep the Sabbath the way God intended if we don’t cease from these things.
Secondly, we discussed rest, spiritual rest, physical rest, emotional rest, intellectual rest, and social rest. Each of these various rests are necessary to place our hearts in the proper place to focus on the God of the Sabbath. If we are not at rest we cannot worship as we need to on the Sabbath and during the rest of our week.
We cease and then rest so that we can embrace the Sabbath. This embracing is about embracing our relationship with the Father, growing it to the depth that He desires with us. It includes embracing our relationships with fellow believers because it is through these relationship that God grows us into the people He desires us to be. These relationships shape us and mold us and we need to embrace them on the Sabbath as our Christian relationships are eternal. When these relationships are embraced and in right-standing, our Sabbath praise is pleasing to the Lord.
Lastly we looked at what it means to feast on God’s Word and the things of beauty that remind us of all that God is and always will be. We talked about how He wants us to fix our thoughts on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
These are things that bring us to the rightness of heart to be Sabbath keepers in the fullest sense. These are things that mark us as His true followers.
Making It Personal
Which of these aspects of Sabbath keeping convicted you the most? Have you worked at changing anything in your life to live as a Sabbath keeper? Has being a true keeper of the Sabbath made a difference in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
What have you learned about how we should treat Sundays? Why is Sunday sometimes called the Lord’s day? What do you do on Sundays?
Father, we thank You for this time of looking into what it means to keep Your day of rest. Help us live Sabbath keeping lives that draw people to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.