Rest, Reflect, and Rejoice

 

Read: Deuteronomy 5:1-12      

I ran across a quote recently that caught my attention.  I’m not sure who said it but after an Easter Sunday that saw churches overflowing with people it made me think about the current view of “The Lord’s Day” in our society and culture.  It went like this, “Our great-grandparents called it the holy Sabbath. Our grandparents called it the Lord’s Day. Our parents called it Sunday. And we call it the weekend.” 

One of the noticeable things about the creation story in Genesis 2:2 is that even God rested on the 7th day and made it a holy day.  It’s one thing to rest, we all like to relax, take naps, and do enjoyable things, but how do we keep the Sabbath day holy?  How do we approach Sunday as the Lord’s Day, the holy sabbath, and a day to rejoice?  

Most Christians agree that it is very important to follow the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5, so how do we handle the 4th commandment that says, “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.”  What if the church came together every Sunday to worship like we do on Easter?  What if the Lord’s Day was filled with people rejoicing in Jesus, reflecting on God’s goodness, and resting in his presence and the presence of other believers?

I ran across a short story/parable recently that went like this…. “In the old days, ponies and mules were used to haul out the coal in the mining camps.  A man asked a little boy why there were so many ponies and mules out in the fields on Sunday. The little boy answered, “They work all week in the mines. We bring them up on Sunday’s so they won’t go blind.”

Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is the most important day of your week.  It is the day in which you can turn your eyes to Jesus so that you can keep seeing the important things in life.  It is a day to rest, it is a day to reflect on the past week and look ahead to what is to come. But most importantly it is a day to gather together with God’s people and worship, rejoice, receive, and reflect on God’s transforming work in your life.  That’s something we need every Sunday and not just once in awhile.

Make it Personal:  If your Sunday routine has not included the Lord and worshiping together with other believers I would encourage you to make an Easter resolution.  Resolve to make every Sunday the Lord’s Day once again in your life.  We often joke about assigned seats in church but the most important thing is that we are there to fill those seats and bring our worship to the Lord.

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church