Eat your ice cream

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy …” Exodus 20:8 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Eat your ice cream”
 
So, we will finish our month of thinking about enjoying the journey, redeeming the time, living in the moment, and observing Sabbath worship and Sabbath rest, on a Sabbath day (Sunday July 31st). Call it divine timing, or poetic justice, or whatever, but I think it’s perfect.
 
As we learned yesterday, God designed Sabbath worship and Sabbath rest into the DNA of creation. The six-to-one ratio is part of the God-ordained rhythm of the universe and when we are in synch with the rhythm of God’s universe, by observing a Sabbath day and by incorporating and maintaining a Sabbath mindset into the rest of life, we are then best positioned to truly enjoy our journey through life.
 
But isn’t it interesting – even odd – that God would have to command us to make Sabbath a regular part of our lives? It’s the only spiritual discipline that made it into the Ten Commandments. Reading your Bible did not. Nor did fasting, praying, or giving. All of those things are addressed in other places in the Bible, but they’re not one of the Ten Commandments. Only observing the Sabbath made that list. God has commanded us to do it.
 
But why was that necessary? If a Sabbath day and a Sabbath mindset are so good for us, and if they go such a long way towards enhancing the overall quality of our lives, why do we have to be commanded to do it? As John Mark Comer quipped, “It’s like commanding us to eat ice cream!” We should want it. We should be eager for it.
 
But we humans are stubborn and rebellious. We often reject and push back against the very things that are best for us, and the reason we do is simply because God or someone else has told us to do the thing. I imagine if God had commanded us to NOT observe the Sabbath, we would have to sell tickets to get into the churches and there would be waiting lines out into the parking lots!
 
Sabbath worship and Sabbath rest are good for you. Sabbath is part of the God-ordained rhythm of creation. Observing Sabbath is like eating ice cream – you should enjoy it and you should be eager for it. So, I encourage you to eat your ice cream. Redeem the time and enjoy the journey by making a Sabbath day and a Sabbath mindset the rhythm of your life.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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