The nature of the Sabbath is deeply theological and hotly debated among brothers and sister in Christ all over the world. We don’t imagine we would do the subject justice in this small post, but today we’d like to offer a perspective that fuels the zeal behind the Good and Faithful.
Jesus was famous for allegedly “violating” the Sabbath. On one occasion, those who opposed Him were furious that He had healed a man during the holy day. His response was this: “My Father is working until now, and I am working.””
John 5:17 ESV
You see, for the Good and Faithful, the Sabbath rest we have in Christ is not something we are meant to experience once a week on a special day. The rest Christ purchased us is not necessarily a physical rest either. Yes, physical rest is necessary and part of a healthy lifestyle of ministry. And yes, having a particular day or moment in time for you to pause is helpful. But genuine Sabbath rest comes more in sharing the same heart for work that our Master has.
As Good and Faithful servants, we have been called to rest from the dead works we once did. The chasing titles, the chasing promotions, the chasing accolades, the running the rat race. We have rested from seeking approval and rested from making a name for ourselves or being recognized in the eyes of others. Instead, having laid down the burdens of the works we once did, we have picked up His yoke which is easy and His burden which is light (Matt 11:30).
Because it is His work that we do, where He has placed us, we draw closer to Him day by day, striving to enter into His rest (Heb 4:11) Our Father is working until now, and so we are working.
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