Sabbath: Embrace the Kingdom and Love God weekly
“But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.”
The Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship. One of the most important practices of Jesus was finding rest and making time for Sabbath. Unfortunately, the human condition is prone to restlessness, and our digital age and consumerist culture only exacerbates that problem. We must model the restfulness of Jesus, which is more than just one day a week; rather it is a spirit by which we live all week long.
- Set aside time for extended prayer and quiet time, resting in God’s presence (for example, a Saturday morning).
- Turn off your emails so that you can’t be interrupted by work for a full 24 hour period.
- Develop a ritual for Friday afternoons once you have finished work at the end of the week to signal to the brain and body that you are done (for example, take a moment to pray as you close your laptop for the weekend).