The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
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Reading: Exodus 22:1-24:18
Focus: Exodus 23:10-12
Today, in the 21st century, life has never been faster. One only needs to look at 24-hour time lapse videos of some of the major cities in the world to see how ridiculous life has become. Life for many is so wrapped up in work, stress levels escalate, yet so few take the time to rest and recover. Come the weekend, most people are so often out catching up with friends and lost time that they rarely give themselves a chance to rest.
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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:28-30)
In stark contrast to my last article, indeed, there is a place for work, for service, for ministry… However, like my closing remark, we can become like Martha, so focused on the task at hand that we forget to come to the feet of Jesus, as does Mary. As such, those like “Martha” can, and most likely do, become weary and burdened. Yet, as Jesus reminded Martha, he does so here in Matthew, “Come to him and find rest.”
Foolishly, look at my comments yesterday, it would seem only natural that I should have continued a bit further. So, let me just pick up from where I was and hopefully not lose any of the momentum.
James closes his first statement:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I used an illustration of muscles yesterday to look at perseverance. Continuing on from that illustration, if muscles are not left to finish healing, there is quite a possibility that they may damage themselves. Professional athletes are a clear example of this, instead of taking the necessary time to allow themselves to heal, they push themselves too hard and cause serious, even permanent, damage.
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