We do not keep the Sabbath in order to go to heaven; we keep the Sabbath day holy because we are citizens of Heaven and we have entered into God’s rest. Be warned, do not rely on worshiping either on the Sabbath Day (Saturday) or on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) to be enough to enter God’s Kingdom. Only faith in Christ and His work on the cross can bring us to glory.
Yet, we believe in the principle of resting one day in the week as obedience to God’s commands. It is not another check mark on a list of things to do; rather, it is a joy to look forward to gathering once a week with other believers. In fact, it restores our soul.
Psalm 23 reminds us that the Lord restores our soul. Remembering to take one day off in the week to worship God is His way to restore us. The idea of rest (Sabbath) is mentioned 89 times in the Old Testament and 62 times in the New Testament. Even Jesus took time to rest His soul while on the earth. (Mark 4:35-40)
While there are some jobs that may require people to work seven days a week and even longer, our bodies were not meant to continue working perpetually. If you find yourself skipping this once a day rest, think about praying and asking the Lord to help you take Sunday off to worship Him; you can rest in all the victories and even recover from the defeats of the previous week and look toward the next six days as another adventure from Him.
To learn more about the 4th commandment, listen to last Sunday’s message on the Sabbath!