by Rick Warren — March 9, 2019
“Work and get everything done during six days each week, but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:9-10 NCV).
Exodus 20:9-10 says, “Work and get everything done during six days each week, but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God” (NCV). “Sabbath” means a day of rest.
God didn’t make the Sabbath for his benefit. He made it for ours: “The Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27 TLB). When I ignore God’s laws, who gets hurt? Not God.
It doesn’t matter what day of the week you take your Sabbath. Those of you who are entrepreneurs or self-employed or who work remotely, if you don’t schedule a Sabbath, you’re never going to take a break. You schedule everything else, so you need to schedule your Sabbath.
What should you do on a Sabbath?
- Rest your body. In the French Revolution, they abolished Sunday as a day of rest but later restored it because the health of the nation had collapsed. You might think, “But I feel guilty when I relax.” Well, Jesus didn’t feel guilty. He made the Sabbath a priority.
- Recharge your emotions. You can recharge your emotions through quietness, solitude, or recreation that rejuvenates you.
- Refocus your spirit. Worship—both group worship and time alone with God—puts your life into perspective.