Sabbath in the Old Testament vs. the New Testament
When I was growing up, we were not allowed to work, listen to secular music, discuss secular topics, or do business of any kind on the “Sabbath day.” Our activities had to be hushed, calm, and laid-back in order to be considered “sabbath-appropriate.”
When I became an adult, I began to question these rules. Desiring to know God’s will on the matter, I began studying what the Bible says about sabbath rest. When I studied, I found that the sabbath rules and regulations prescribed in the Mosaic Law pointed to Christ. When Christ came, He became our Sabbath Rest personified. Now, in Christ, we can rest at all times.
After I learned that Christ is our rest, I felt free to abandon the strict rules and regulations that had governed my observance of the sabbath.
I did a complete 180-degree turn and filled that seventh day—the day on which I used to rest and relax—with fun activities. I abandoned the sabbath completely. Over time, however,
I came to understand that I had taken my freedom too far. I had abandoned the rules and regulations, but I had also abandoned the principle of rest.
It has taken me a long time to work through the dichotomy of legalistic sabbath-keeping versus purposeful rest. Twelve years later, I am just now finding a balance that is Christ-honoring and Christ-focused, rather than the legalism I used to know.
Do you desire to incorporate sabbath rest in your schedule, so you can feel more refreshed?
If so, here are seven tips that will help you strike a godly balance as well:
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