“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places.” – Leviticus 23:3
What would you do if the Bible, because of the Sabbath, forbid the watching of the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA (the Masters is this weekend you know)? Better yet, how would you feel? Many of us would do the right thing, but begrudgingly while we wait until 12:01 am Monday morning to watch the DVR. I’m guessing then that the purpose of the Sabbath rest would then have been wasted in anxiety. Legalism, alive and well.
What if we realized that the Sabbath wasn’t about us? What if we didn’t treat the Sabbath as if it was our entitled day of vegging, and saw it as God’s way of refueling and refocusing our lives as we pursue going after Him on into eternity?
These things are not necessarily mutually exclusive, however we should examine ourselves in this matter. Obedience and joy in God are at stake. Perhaps some of us need to fast from the things that rob our attention from God on any given Sunday.