(Photo Credit Tara Jakobson)
For freedom Christ has set us free:
stand firm therefore,
and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
She speaks on what the Bible says about the Sabbath and what it really means. I was very surprised with the detail she brings into every area of our lives and it means a lot more than one day of so called rest in the week.
I must admit that we all felt a bit unsettled on that first study knowing that there were areas in each of our lives that she would speak to. Most people don't even take a full day of rest. There is always some rushing around that needs doing, isn't there? I haven't met a person that doesn't feel overwhelmed and exhausted on occasion and for some it is such a common occurrence that they accept it to be "normal" behaviour. I know that for too many years of my life I was very guilty of that. She teaches through scripture, that it is more of an attitude in the way we live. We don't need to live our lives so rushed and hurried enslaved to stuff, clutter, overspending, organized activity, etc. Christ has set us free so that we may live life to the fullest, without harried stress and exhaustion.
She writes that, "God gave us freedom as a gift. But living free requires a firm resolve to continue walking in it, resisting the attempts of this world and our Enemy to put chains back onto us again. We must be deliberate and intentional about setting guardrails around our endeavors so that we can travel freely to the places God is taking us, staying on the main road the whole way.
What do those guard rails need to look like. What boundaries will do the best job of keeping distraction and dysfunction out, while they keep freedom and fullness in? Many of our problems can be resolved if we simply take the time and energy to write down our priorities and parameters, and then filter every opportunity through them".
It is good to ask ourselves the difficult questions. How are we keeping the Sabbath? How do we eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak? My prayer is for us all that we honor the Sabbath and encourage growth in our relationship with Christ and in righteousness in all the areas of our lives that we neglect because we are too "busy".