Keeping It Holy
Biblical Priority #5 - Service
by Amy G.
13“Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue
your own interest on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it in delight
as the LORD’S holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and
don’t follow your own desires or talk idly. 14 Then the Lord will be your
delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I
promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the LORD, have spoken!” Isaiah 58:13-14 NIV
Did you notice that verse 13 is a command and
that verse 14 is a promise? The Lord has given us a command to set one day
apart to worship Him. One day, not one morning, but the whole day. I do attend
church every Sunday, except for times of travel and contagious illnesses. But,
do I pursue my own interests the rest of the day? Let me think… yes. Am I
making every effort to enjoy the day with my family by doing things that center
around Christ? Uhhh… sometimes. Do I spend that day having a special time of prayer,
sharing with my husband what the Lord has been refining in me, talking with my
children about growing their relationships with the Lord, doing a family
devotional, serving someone in need, or mentoring another woman in the church.
Hmmm…. seldom. You can chalk this one up as a failure for me; I am too busy
worshiping my idol of BUSYNESS. I seem to find all kinds of household projects
to get done that day. Most of them don’t even include my husband or children.
The Lord also gives us a promise: After we
keep the Sabbath holy, then we will delight in Him and be blessed by Him. I
want that. I want to delight in Him and be blessed. I want to attend church on
a Sunday morning and feel free to worship Him, spirit to spirit, because it is
His day and He is worthy of it! I want to live for Christ and all He asks of me
in return is that I love Him by building a relationship with Him. Done.
“For I fully expect and hope that I will
never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have
been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether
I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even
better." Philippians 1:20-21 NIV
CHALLENGE: When you go to church this week, worship
like no one is watching!!!