Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is Sabbath to the Lord your God. (Exodus 20:8-9)
Keeping a Sabbath is important to every Christian, but especially important to all who work in the church. We see throughout Scripture the focus on keeping the Sabbath holy. Jesus took time away to rest and spend time in prayer with the Father. The wording in the Ten Commandments is interesting to me. The passage above is a command from God, but in it He does not simply instruct the Israelites to honor Him on this day, but instead instructs them to remember to keep the Sabbath day holy. I believe God fully knowing humanity’s hearts and minds directed this commandment to His people for them to remember and make resting in Him a priority in their lives.
This is the one area being young in ministry that I have learned a great deal from other pastors and ministry workers that I must always keep this a priority. I have seen many examples of pastors that do not honor a Sabbath rest, and how it wears them down through time. Honoring the Lord through a Sabbath is not just another box to check, but is a command from the Lord. Many Christians, especially pastors and ministry workers brush past this commandment in our fast paced, always going culture.
I continue to strive to hold a weekly Sabbath holy in order to spend time with the Father through prayer and time in the Word in order to be restored, renewed and rested up in the Lord for another week of work to serve and honor God. My prayer is that everyone takes time weekly, whether a full day, half day or even an hour to just pull away and keep the Sabbath holy. If you are in ministry, it is vital to you, your family and your ministry that you pull away each week to spend time to rest in the Lord. Do not let this be the first to go. Remember the Sabbath day, and to keep it holy.