You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me.”
Exodus 20:9-10 (GNT)
We each must consciously decide to make time for things other than work. If we don’t, we’ll never rest. I make a deliberate decision about how many hours I’ll work each week, and I stick to it. I encourage everyone to do the same. Otherwise, we’ll quickly burn out.
It’s like a bow and arrow. When a bow is constantly strung tight, it loses its power. It has to be unstrung periodically. You need to force yourself to set realistic hours and then hold yourself accountable—and ask someone to check up on you in the process.
Getting proper rest isn’t pop psychology or just good advice. It’s so important to the heart of God that he put it in the Ten Commandments—along with “Do not murder,” “Do not lie,” and “Do not steal.” “Take a day off every seven days” made it on God’s top 10 list of moral choices. Shouldn’t it make it on ours, too?
The Bible says, “You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me” (Exodus 20:9-10 GNT). We call this the Sabbath, which simply means a “day of rest.” What should you do on your Sabbath?
We all need a Sabbath in our lives. It doesn’t have to be on Sunday. It can be any day of the week, but you need to take one day off each week to rest your body, recharge your emotions, and refocus your spirit.
Talk It Over
What kinds of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical signs do you notice when you aren’t getting enough rest?
What tends to be your biggest obstacle to taking a weekly Sabbath?
What’s the best way for you to recharge your emotions?
The Elevation Church (TEC) has been set up by God to develop its members as witnesses of Christ while empowering them to achieve the highest levels of distinction in life, led by Pastor Godman Akinlabi, the church is based in Nigeria with multiple expressions in Lagos.