Pondering the Sabbath Rest

God says rest

The Sabbath is the only one of the Ten Commandments not explicitly reinforced by Jesus or the Apostles in the New Testament.

As a result, it is probably the most misunderstood and misapplied of the Commandments by Christians.  The recent Grandview Christian Assembly sermon Rest by John Myer shed light on the topic and is well worth a listen.

Part of the takeaway of the sermon was to dig into the topic of biblical rest and its practical applications in our lives into our small group Bible studies.  My small group met on Tuesday night and we had some great conversation.

Here are some of the questions and topics that we pondered together:

  • What technological marvel which is supposed to make your life better has robbed you of rest instead?
  • How often do you find yourself thinking or saying, “I don’t have time!”?
  • What is your gut reaction to God’s model of regular rest and refocus with satisfaction (as modeled in 6 days of creation and an “artistic” rest of satisfaction)?
  • Sometimes we are like an Iron Chef who is a master of culinary knowledge and labors hard to deliver healthy and great tasting food to people, only to starve to death in a fully stocked kitchen.
    We study the Bible, attend small group, serve in the church, and talk to others about Jesus only to feel drained, stressed, burnt out, annoyed, indifferent to spiritual hunger, and/or thinking about dropping healthy Christian disciplines, community, and service.
    These are sure signs that we are not implementing biblical rest into our lives. Just as physical illness can be a sign that our bodies need healthy rest, the above symptoms can be signs of being spiritually unhealthy.
    How would intentionally saying “no” to certain elements of busyness in your life (whether that is a “no” to yourself or “no” to extra activities) help you give your “best yes” to biblical patterns of rest?
  • Many times our saying “no” to biblical patterns of rest is a result of our making an idol out of our personal concepts of success, image, what we “should” be, etc.  How have good things like success (or some nuanced version of it) and working hard become an idol in your life?
  • How would you build in measurable, reasonable, repeatable times of biblical rest, refocus, and recharging satisfaction into your life to assist in your spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and social health?

 

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