REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY
God wants us to rest one day out of every week. When you take the Sabbath day to rest like He said in Exodus 31:15, while you rest, He works. If you rest as He tells you to, He will make you more productive than if you worked seven days.
Take S. Truett Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A. He is a Christian, and all of his restaurants are closed on Sundays. His employees are given the opportunity to rest, go to church, and spend time with their families. As a result, Chick-fil-A is one of the most prosperous fast food chains in the country. Resting on the Sabbath hasn’t hurt the business at all. His net worth is over 4 billion dollars.
I find that if I take a break from working on Sunday, I am much more productive during the week. It’s really a trust issue. If you do what God asks you to do, will you trust Him to help you make sure all your obligations are fulfilled in spite of the fact that you rested on that seventh day? If you don’t honor the Sabbath, and you don’t take one day to rest (on whatever day you choose), then that’s a good indication that you don’t trust God to do what He says. It also tells God that you alone can accomplish your agenda your way even though His agenda includes taking one day to rest.
For some of us, taking one day of rest will be a challenge. We are so use to constantly working on our “To Do” lists. If you have a demanding job, and you are working seven days a week to make ends meet and meet personal obligations, ask God to show you what you can do differently. Don’t receive feelings of condemnation from the enemy. If you want to set aside a day, but you don’t know how you can, seek God about it, and I really feel that He understands and will help you to find a way to honor Him on the Sabbath.
I dare you to try setting a day aside to spend time with God, spend quality time with family and friends, and nothing else. And don’t feel guilty about it, I might add. You are simply obeying God. Note your productivity in the days following. You will find that God is faithful, and He will help you to get more done in less time.
What has God taught you about taking time to rest? Please leave a comment below.
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