A major sin that many Christians are committing is the sin of breaking the Sabbath. Far too many of us have assimilated into the secular way of life and as a result we’ve abandoned the practice of routinely making space for God.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not talking about fulfilling some Old Testament legalistic law, nor making sure you attend church every Sunday (or Saturday).
But what I am talking about is acknowledging that the Sabbath is a very important part of God’s plan to keep us healthy and whole.
God established the principle of Sabbath at creation and placed it in the very DNA of all of His creation. It’s a universal principle that shouldn’t be neglected.
Jesus practiced it. His disciples practiced it. For the last 2000 years, His church has practiced it. Both our bodies and our brains daily and weekly confirm our need for it.
It was important enough that God put it on His Top Ten List. So I would suggest that breaking the Sabbath is no small issue.
But what is the Sabbath principle?
The sabbath is a routine time to “cease from our labor” so that we can re-gather the parts of our life that have been scattered, splintered, and spent throughout the week and then re-center and re-prioritize our life around the presence and purposes of God.
Honoring the sabbath is also an act of humility. It’s a deliberate acknowledgement of our humanness and the limits that are built within our humanness. It’s an acknowledgement that our body needs rest, our spirit needs replenishment, and our soul needs nourishment.
I know for some the idea of breaking the Sabbath principle doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, and it certainly doesn’t seem big enough to call it a “major sin.” But I would disagree.
What I’ve personally found (and what the medical and mental healthcare community have only confirmed) is that when I break the Sabbath principle for any extended period of time—my body, mind, soul, and spirit start to unravel. It’s like a Tasmanian devil that goes faster and faster until it finally implodes.
The Sabbath is given by God for our good. It’s to keep us sane. It’s to keep us healthy. It’s to keep us whole. It’s to keep us centered. It’s to keep us connected to God.
So if you’ve been routinely breaking the sabbath, I hope you’ll reconsider.
Thanks for reading my blog; now I’m off to take a nap!
Ken L Roberts