Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

Some restaurants are open on Sunday. Some service stations are open on Sunday. Some stores are open on Sunday. However, I still have the expectation that some things are not open on Sunday. I tend to have the expectation that unless it is an emergency certain things don’t get done on a Sunday.

How about you? What do you expect? What do you expect of others? How do you spend your Sundays?

Years ago we hired a man to paint our house. I did not realize at the time that he would elicit some help with that. He had always done it by himself. His help asked me if I minded him painting on Sunday. My reply was that yes, I absolutely did mind. I did not want him in my yard painting on Sunday.

Whether we wanted to or not, we may have had to work some Sundays over the years, but what do you want to be doing on Sunday?

I’ve built some websites over the years. It’s not currently my main focus, but I do have some clients. One Sunday afternoon my phone rang. It was not an emergency at all. The person that called was not someone that I knew, but it was in connection to one of the websites.

I was shocked that someone would call me on a Sunday as if I were in the office and working. My customer service is typically very good, but I have to admit I was not in the mood to talk to this person on the Lord’s Day about something that had nothing to do with worshipping and was not an emergency.

I told him that it is Sunday. I would be more than happy to help him if he could call me back during normal business hours. He agreed and got off the phone immediately.

Yes, if you are in ministry you may be preaching, teaching, speaking, or singing on Sundays. Hopefully you will be worshipping along with your labor for the Lord.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:8-11

Most folks work 5 or 6 days a week. The weekends are a great time to worship and do ministry. If not then, when would you do it? How far as a community will we go? How far will you go to make a little extra money?

LIFE APPLICATION

Key Focal Verse:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

Today’s challenge is to put God first, and take time to worship. Are you working on Sunday? Maybe you have had to take a job and working on Sunday seems to be a requirement. Do you expect others to work on Sunday? Do they have time to attend church? Pray about what God would have you to do.

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