Living on Sabbath Time: Day 4/31
- “God’s Word isn’t to be debated or dissected; it is to be done.” _Billy Graham, The Journey, p. 151
Matthew 5:17-20 (NKJV) 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Today I read Matthew 5:17-20 in my morning devotions and became even more convinced that we are doing the right thing by trying to learn how to live Sabbath lives. Jesus didn’t come to destroy Sabbath living, he came to show us how experience it.
On one hand he combated the legalism of the scribes and Pharisees that turned Sabbath into a joyless religious duty, but on the other hand he demonstrated that observing Sabbath was a joyful exercise in trusting God (not ourselves) to be our provider and source of life.
I want to remind you that no matter where you are in the “pecking order” of life, if you are living your life according to the laws of God (rules of engagement) then you have access straight to the top. There is no one in the world that has more access than you and no one has any more potential to experience the fullness of joy, peace and plenty than you.
So be at peace today and enjoy your life by making at least one “Sabbath decision” to remind yourself that life is not all about duty, production and work.