As we draw this mini-series of “questions on the way to the airport” by a senior leader to a close … Let’s talk about the Sabbath. I asked all the leaders of this particular church if they kept a regular, weekly Sabbath. I defined this Sabbath as a decent quantity of time (not necessarily a whole day) where they focused on their relationship with God, rested, and generally spent downtime … not catching up on laundry, housework, banking, and shopping. So, quality as well as quantity. When I asked for a show of hands as to those who had a regular, weekly Sabbath … not one hand went up.
Here is another reason “life” was not being experienced by the individual leaders as well as why “life” did not flow at the assemblies of this local church.
God has Ten Commandments. And only one starts with the word “remember.” This is because God knew that in the rush of life and ministry we would tend to forget. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work …For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11)
The Sabbath is an integral part of our intimacy with God. This intimacy and resulting relationship is essential to seeing life released in any and all ministry. And, you determine the level of intimacy you have. You must be intentional about gaining and then maintaining this relationship. You must be focused and not allow things to distract you. Without this, those in ministry are working for God and not with God. Without this there is no “life” being experienced by the disciple or the local church.
So, take the time to establish and maintain a Sabbath. It does not need to be Saturday or Sunday. Paul tells us there are no “holy days” so pick the day that is best for you and slice out a good chunk of it for your personal Sabbath. No Sabbath means you are in sin as you have broken one of the Ten Commandments. The biblical definition of sin is “the transgression of the law” and keeping a Sabbath is part of that moral law known as the Ten Commandments. Time to climb out of sin!
This way you will come to be “rooted and grounded in love” because “God is love.” You will know “the mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16); you will know the heart of God the Father (Matthew 5:8); and you will experience His feelings, His focus, His plans and His purpose (John 17:3). This is called intimacy – knowing the God we worship and serve.
When you were born again God gave you the “gift of eternal life” (Romans 6:23b). This gift is defined in John 17:3 as the supernatural ability to deeply, personally, and intimately know God the Father and Jesus, whom He sent.” It is time to unwrap the gift.
It was a great discussion on the way to airport. personal and powerful. Worth the whole trip into that city and local church. A life-transforming conversation.