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Weekly Habit #4 – Sabbath Rest

Rest! Who doesn’t long for rest? These are inviting words. 

The idea of “rest” is something we look forward to with the coming of summer. We long for rest.

There is a rest that is readily available to us on a weekly basis. It is rooted in the rhythm of the seven-day week of creation. “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.”

And yet the idea of “sabbath” rest is more than just a physical break from work and activity. It is also a spiritual rest that we find in our relationship with Christ. Hebrews 4:10 tells us that we have “entered God’s rest.”

One of the ways we “strive to enter that rest” is by practicing the habit of taking a weekly Sabbath.  We need this weekly habit of rest. We need it physically and we need it spiritually. 

By resting from our work, we recognize that God is the one who keeps things going in the world.  God is the one who sustains the world. By taking a Sabbath rest we readily recognize our limitations, and we express our trust in God.

But sabbath rest is also a gospel practice because it reminds us that our relationship with God doesn’t hang on what we do – the work that we accomplish – but on the work that Jesus has done for us.

We can rest because God has done all that needs to be done.

To help us enter this rest, there is the weekly rhythm available to us of Sabbath rest. It is a day to rest from your work. It is a day to come together with others to worship God. It is a day to spend in community with others.

When is the last time you gave any thought to how you prepare for a day of rest? When is the last time you have been intentional with how you will rest: body and soul? Give it some thought.

Rest!  Who doesn’t long for rest?  It is there for the taking every week. Go for it!