If my intention here was simply to show that “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” Commandment #4 is too easy: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Clearly, no one is faultless here
It is not that we don’t know how to take a day off. Some of us live for our days off, only we don’t know how to rest. The Sabbath is the seventh day, the day God rested, the day we are supposed to rest. We fill our days off, like filling retirement, with more things than we can possibly do in a day. (Can you say, “Stress?”)
OK. Some people know how to relax, after the grass is cut or the errands run or maybe, just maybe, some people really know how to sleep. Sleep is fine, only that is not what God is saying here… Sleep type of rest isn’t what this is supposed to be about. You are forgetting the second half of the commandment: to keep it holy.
Most people have no idea what holy is. Do you? Some have a definition about setting apart, sanctifying and all that. No. Do you want to know what is holy? God is holy. That’s it. Only God is holy. Nothing else comes close, no matter how set aside or prayed over it may be. Holy water? I don’t think so.
God is holy, and the only way to keep the day holy is to spend it with God. Period. Jesus said to take his yoke because his yoke is easy and his burden is light, and we will find rest for our souls. That is a Sabbath rest. Rest for the soul.
So now someone is going to point out that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Indeed it was, and we ought to get down on our knees and thank God for giving us such a wonderful gift, a gift which we break if we don’t keep it. To say it was made for us only says we miss out on the blessings and benefits when we sin.
So now someone is saying, “I’m a minister and I always spend Sunday with God.” No you don’t. Sunday is a work day, not a rest day. You need to spend one day per week at rest with God, in the rest that God gives, in the midst of the peace that passes understanding. Does anyone really do this, weekly, or as they say, “religiously?” No.
Let me add one word about sin: Sin is like red wine (or blood might be an appropriate image). How much does it take to ruin a white shirt? Sure, some men will say, “What ruin? It gives the shirt character.” Women know better. All it takes is one drop, and it doesn’t even have to be a big one to ruin the shirt forever.
I hope you can truly apprehend this. I don’t know. Our culture has denied sin for so long I don’t know if anyone these days can perceive how horrendous and deadly even the smallest sin can be. But understand this: Believe the Good News in Jesus. Because without him…………..