Don't forsake the REST...
Good Morning Ladies (and few gents),
I’m recovering from having missed out on Sabbath rest because I needed to attend a Friday through Sunday training, which is one of three such trainings I’ll be attending from January through March. Furthermore, I’ve been honoring Sabbath rest (one 24 hrs/wk purposed for God) for several years now and wow, what a difference a day makes. Now for my super-spiritual GiG, I recognize that Sabbath rest is an Old Testament mandate. However, it should be still applied today. Afterall, it is the longest and most detailed of the Ten Commandments. It’s true we should be in communion with God 24/7/365 not just on Sabbath.
God has taught me a great deal in honoring Sabbath rest, and I’ve been proclaiming to anyone who will listen that we are “human beings not human doings so be still and be blessed.” So, during my “recovery” I was reading scripture and two verses jumped off the page, 1 John 1:1 and cited below 2 Peter 1:16 MSG.
We weren’t, you know, just wishing on a star when we laid the facts out before you regarding the powerful return of our Master, Jesus Christ. We were there for the preview! We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus resplendent with light from God the Father as the voice of Majestic Glory spoke: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” We were there on the holy mountain with him. We heard the voice out of heaven with our very own ears.
GiG, as we all know, the Bible isn’t a collection of fables or human ideas about God. It is God’s very words given through people to people. So, when we share with others what we’ve experienced of Jesus, what he’s taught us, the way he’s touched and transformed our lives, we’re speaking from a place of authenticity and authority. The problem I see is that we don’t do enough speaking on it.
Here’s a Thought for the Day: Is our theology lived out in daily interactions with Jesus while living in mission together? See, I recently read that when our theology isn’t shared from our personal experiences it becomes legalistic and sterile. OUCH!
May we be encouraged to lead like Peter and John, discipling many others to know and follow Jesus as we recount the stories and principles Jesus is teaching us through living lives of obedience. Yes, may we all remain purposed in our pursuit to teach and lead the same way.
God’s Got It…so we can know the TRUTH—Knowing what is right does not mean much unless you do what is right. Franklin Roosevelt