“Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report that is due tomorrow. We stop because it is time to stop.”
– Wayne Muller
For many of us, we find ourselves running, producing, striving, and endlessly accomplishing our to-do lists and daily tasks. If we’re honest, it’s incredibly difficult to walk away from our work–especially when it is incomplete. Muller’s words are a necessary reminder that we need to experience true Sabbath and rest.
So friends, examine your readiness to stop…both in a daily and weekly sabbath rhythm. Why are you striving so hard and unwilling to cease?
When we trust God’s sovereign control and step away from the work of our hands, we are wide open to hear and receive from our loving Lord. May you celebrate the work and your hands and then rest well.
When we speak of Crafting a Rule of Life and walking in a well-ordered way, we believe first and foremost that we must develop rhythms of Scripture, Prayer and Reflection in our personal prayer closets. These foster a spaciousness which allows us to attentively listen to the Triune God who is at work in us. So, friends, are you practicing these means of grace on a regular basis? May it be so!
Equally important is another rhythm: sabbath. It is crucial that we understand and embrace the joy of Sabbath rest – as a day of the week, and as a lifestyle. Marva Dawn, Mark Buchanan, and others have written about Sabbath. And they outline several movements of Sabbath in this way:
1. We cease from what we normally do throughout the week.
2. We rest with the delight of the work we’ve accomplished.
3. We celebrate the life we enjoy in Christ.
4. We embrace the call of God on our lives to continually contribute to building up the Kingdom of God in all areas of life and service.
Take a few minutes today in prayerful reflection to consider how these rhythms are present in your life. If they are underdeveloped or inconsistent, how might God be inviting you to more fervently pursue these things? Blessings to you on the journey!
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Kevin Antlitz shares his Rule of Life journey over the past five years. Hear his struggle to find a healthy tension in life as he fights for sabbath and recreation. Click here for more videos.