This past Sunday was no exception. We attended the Acts 2 United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK.
We enjoyed worshiping with this body of believers, and were thrilled to see their emphasis on discipleship (since that is what Christ called us all to do). Yet, the thing that stuck out most to us was the “Office Hours” posted on the door.
They went like this:
Monday: 9a – 5p
Tuesday: 9a – 5p
Wednesday: 10a – 7p
Thursday: 9a – 5p
As a posted office hour!
That resonated with us in a big way.
Sabbath is critical to a successful life.
Taking a break from labor.
Taking a break to just rest.
So important, in fact, that when God finished creating the world, He rested.
The great Creator.
The I AM.
Took a break to rest.
As we embarked on this adventure, our Mentor told us to rest. Take one day out of every seven and rest (not always the same day of the week, rather one of each seven).
So, we did.
The first Sabbath that we took, we slept in.
Even the kids.
When we got up, we ate breakfast.
Then, we napped.
We woke up and ate lunch.
Then, we napped some more.
We slept more in that 24 hours than we had ever slept in a 24 hour period before.
We didn’t feel any more tired going into it than we ever did. What we didn’t realize is how tired we were.
The funny thing about Sabbath is how much more productive we are after we Sabbath. It seems counter-intuitive. We’re taught that if we take a break, then we will fall behind. Yet, honoring the Sabbath makes the opposite happen. When you are rested, you are more productive.
Sabbath means NO WORK.
Don’t clean the house, mow the yard, cook a meal, wash the laundry, answer the email, answer the phone, etc. Don’t do it.
Sit outside and enjoy the weather.
Spend time together as a family enjoying each other.
Just don’t work.
Isaiah 58 teaches us that when we take time to honor the Sabbath, the Lord takes time to honor us. Sabbath actually becomes a condition of the promised inheritance. In other words, you can’t work your way to be honored with the inheritance.
You have to REST YOUR WAY to it.
So, to the staff of Acts 2 UMC, thank you for setting an example for the believers. Thank you for honoring God through the Sabbath.