Remembering #4

Matt. 12:5-8

5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

I was once asked whether I had considered the fact that I was working on the Sabbath day by preaching and if I thought I was breaking the fourth commandment by doing so.  I couldn’t help but chuckle at this question when it was asked of me but after I realized that this person was really looking for an answer I quickly told them “No, I don’t think I’m sinning by preaching on Sunday.”  I wish I had thought of this scripture to share with them at that time, but I believe I went with  Mark 2:27 instead, And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”  The heart of this question though I think for us in today’s world is “How do I remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy?”  Is it about working on Sunday?  Personally, I don’t think so.   I think that God is ok with the fact that some of us have to work on Sundays.  I can remember my Grandpa telling me when I started going into the work force that I should tell people “I don’t work on Sundays, I go to Church.”  That worked back then a little better than I think it does today.  Sometimes if you don’t want to work on Sundays, there are plenty of people looking for a job who will be glad to do it and if you put that out in an interview you may just not get that job that you need to help support yourself and family.

So if it’s not about working on Sunday, what is it?  How do we honor #4 today?  I think that making time for God is the key step.  God took one day out of seven and rested.  This is our example, if the almighty recognized the need for a break at least once a week, we should probably see that we need it as well.  Take one day a week and spend time with God and with God’s people.  There are plenty of opportunities to worship and serve in your local Church and community other than during worship time on Sunday mornings.  If your own congregation doesn’t do anything other than Sunday Morning service, I promise that if you look around just a little you will find activities that God would be proud of you for being involved in, and that will bless you and feed your soul in the process.

Although our view of the Sabbath and how to Keep it Holy is much different than that of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day, we should still strive to include this practice as part of a good health program for our souls.  If you are able to be in Church on Sunday mornings that is Awesome, and it’s a great way of remembering the Sabbath and keeping it Holy.  If you are not able to come for good reasons (and I’m not talking about not being able to come because of an early tee time, or kickoff, or something along those lines) make time to make the evening service, the mid week Bible study, or volunteer to help visit shut-ins with your pastor, I know he would be glad to take you along.  The Bottom line is, we must MAKE time for the important things in life.  Especially now in the midst of our hectic schedules and the high demands for our time, we must intentionally make time for God.    I hope to see you in Church on Sunday as we practice #4 “Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy.

Prayer:  Holy Father,

Help me to remember you not only on the Sabbath but on every day of the week.  Help me to make every day Holy and acceptable and pleasing in your sight.  Keep my feet planted firmly on the foundation of Jesus Christ Your Son as I walk through each day, knowing that every day is a blessing from You.

Love Michael