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Three Things the Sabbath Teaches Us

Why did God create us with a cycle of rhythm?

1. It teaches us to rest. 

2. It teaches us the Gospel. 

3. It demonstrates God’s sovereignty.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” Genesis 1:14-15

 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. Deuteronomy 5:15

Questions for Reflection:

  • Am I personally experiencing the Sabbath rest for which God has wired me? 
  • Is my family experiencing Sabbath rest or do they feel neglected because of my work? 
  • Am I taking at least one day off every seven days? 
  • Do I take at least one vacation each year? 
  • Am I doing this work because I love Jesus, or am I doing it to earn God’s favor? 
  • Have I built a church that would fall apart without me? 
  • Does my lifestyle and my life habits demonstrate my dependency on the Gospel? 
  • Do I live in the awareness that the Kingdom of God will advance because of His work, not mine, or do I feel like everything depends on me? 
  • Am I leading my church to recognize the importance of Sabbath rest for all church leaders? 
  • Am I encouraging my church to practice the same kinds of sabbatical practices outlined in these questions?

From Tyler Jones' notes for "Finding Rhythm and Balance in Your Work as a Church Planter." Tyler is East Coast Regional Director for Acts 29 and pastor of Vintage21 Church in Raleigh, NC. He'll be teaching at Nashville's Boot Camp on May 26.


Don Sartain

on Mar 29, 2011 :: 2:01 pm

Very good point and challenging questions. Even as a layperson, I find it hard to just rest.

Last night after an hour of relaxing after work, I quickly began to feel like I was wasting time because I wasn't working or studying something.

Thanks for the reminder that rest is as much a command from God as work is.