Spiritual Disciplines – Sabbath

Mark 2:27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

We are commanded to set aside a day of Sabbath (Exodus 20:8) and yet this is one of the most forgotten or ignored acts in the lives of believers.  To many, grinding to a halt once a week seems impractical, maybe even impossible.  But God told us to do it, and even did it Himself to set the example.

Sabbath was made for us (Mark 2:27 and parallels).  We need to rest, both our minds and our bodies.  It doesn’t need to be legalistic.  Not everyone is capable of taking Sabbath on the same day of the week.  We need not follow the Mosaic Law on Sabbath, just to devote a day to rest and to God.  Sabbath is not about rules, it’s about taking the time to stop and listen to God (Psalm 46:10).

Sabbath is a gift to us. Not only do we get to recharge, but we get to regain perspective, hear from God, and reset our agenda.  Sabbath is the reset button we’re all looking for.  A time to re-prioritize, recuperate, and restart.