December 28, 2021

Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord.

Romans 14:6

Written by Hunter Melton from the Avenue South Campus

Wired for Rest

When I was growing up, my father told me often, “Hunter, you are a human ‘being,’ not a human ‘doing.’” My fast-paced, unexamined life didn’t leave much room for me to rest, much less to rest in Jesus. As a man now in his 30s, if I don’t have Sabbath rest with Jesus, then I am quickly depleted. Maybe you know that about yourself as well.

We humans are designed with the need for rest wired into our souls. When God rested in Genesis, it wasn’t because of need or fatigue, but to display to the world that we have a governor on our lives, keeping us from always doing and working. We are designed for rest as a spiritual discipline, because God can do more with our six days than we could ever do with a full seven days of productivity.

Joy for His Glory

In Romans 14:6, Paul writes that when we observe Sabbath, we don’t rest out of pride, holding up our version of following a rule. Rather, we do this out of delight and trust in the Lord. The Pharisees built up rule after rule regarding how to observe the Sabbath.

However, we get to enjoy the Sabbath to the glory of God—not anxiously, but in a freedom that leads to honoring God with our heart, soul, mind and strength!

The Gift of The Sabbath

Your Sabbath day is meant to be intentionally restful and joyful. Too often the thought of taking 24 hours to release ourselves from responsibility is anxiety inducing, so make sure to be diligent throughout the week to plan for time with the Lord. If you have a family, find ways to include them into parts of your Sabbath. Ask yourselves these questions. Is there a special spot you like to go to be away from responsibilities? How much does your phone intrude on your time with God?

Happy resting, friend. Rest to the glory of God!

Now What?

Truly consider what your last time of sabbath looked like. Examine how you can truly allow yourself to experience the gift of rest as the Creator God intended. Allow yourself the space to rest in His presence joyfully.

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