In this week’s episode in the Rule of Life series, I’m sharing a conversation between myself and my husband Luís on how we celebrate the Sabbath as a family.
We talk about why we believe celebrating the Sabbath is for us today as Christians, God’s life-giving invitation to rest, and what we’ve learnt in the process of keeping the Sabbath as a family.
Listen in and let us know what you think. 🙂
Celebrating The Sabbath As A Family
God’s Invitation To Sabbath – Today!
One of the main things we’ve learnt in the process of celebrating the Sabbath is how resting in God is a delight. It’s not a legalistic rule, rather it’s an invitation from the Father to that which is life-giving. In other words, it’s an invitation to do that which will renew our strength.
Celebrating the Sabbath is not something that was meant just for the Israelites, as God Himself rested on the seventh day and made it holy. (Genesis 2:3)
Moreover, as image-bearers, resting is part of our creation design, and something God loves us to experience as we look forward to our eternal rest.
Lessons from Celebrating the Sabbath
The Sabbath is not a day off, or a day just to do what we want. It’s a day to be present to God and others and discover what God defines as real rest. Celebrating the Sabbath is a journey in discovering that which is life-giving and turns us toward the Father of Lights.
When we sabbath, we stop our work, we rest, we delight and we praise the Creator who sustains all of creation without the help of our hands.
As a family, we’ve learnt that during the Sabbath it’s less about what we can’t do, and more about where our heart is. Are we focused on God and His power and beauty or are we striving for control in our lives? Are we enjoying God’s gifts in the present or we restlessly craving accumulation and accomplishments?
The Sabbath is a day to rest and enjoy God’s gifts. It’s a step in faith to trust in the God of all provision. It’s a commitment to trust in God, not our work.
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