Even Better Than Eden: Ch. 6, Sabbath, Reading Discussion
I have a hard time taking time to rest. Do you?
When I watch a movie at home, I can’t just sit there and watch. I listen to podcasts or audiobooks when I’m driving to keep my mind going. If I can multitask, I try.
I’m addicted to busy. Or feeling like I am.
This week’s reading, however, challenged my thinking, and I hope it will reshape yours as well. Here are some key thoughts:
The Sabbath is a gift. We might not think we need it, but the Lord who knows us better than we know ourselves offers it to us. Will we accept it?
The Sabbath is not meant to be a legalistic burden. When we forget this is a gift, we can easily slide into this mindset.
The Sabbath also helps us to work with eternity in mind. God sets the pattern in Gen. 2:1-2 of six evening-morning days of work. On the seventh there is no such pattern. He rests. Likewise, when we pattern our lives in this way, we reflect Him.
Instead of completing the work, the first Adam plunged us into a restlessness, a relentless craving for more that often drives us to keep wanting, so we keep working.
When the second Adam came, He offered rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30) and by His work on the cross, permanently opened the way to a life of true satisfaction and rest when we stop trying to work to earn and grab what we want. If there is any work to be done, it is having faith in His work on our behalf (John 6:29).
But there is more to it than just that.
This step of faith incorporates us into His body, the church—His bride. As we anticipate the coming wedding, we prepare. Now is the time to work—whether we are single or married—to make disciples. As His representatives, His image, we are now to work at making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20), trusting that one day in eternity, there will be an eternal rest to come.
As we labor towards this end in all that we do, the Lord’s Day takes on a new meaning.
Instead of a duty to fulfill before we get on with the sports event, birthday party, or church business, it is meant to help us remember the past, reorient in the present, and reflect on the future.
This chapter can have tremendous implications on the very rhythm of our existence. It can change the way we view both the focus of our work as well as the pattern.
It can change our posture towards God.
It can change the way we see ourselves—as finite creation instead of superhuman.
It can change how we look at our future and plan for it.
If you, like me, struggle to rest, I hope this chapter will help you reshape and rethink your perspective on what it means to live.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!