Do you take a “Sabbath day” during your week? A day of rest? I have heard many arguments that “the Sabbath” is Sunday, or the Sabbath is Saturday, or that it doesn’t matter which day you take a Sabbath as long as you take one. So what day is the Sabbath? You can only find the answer in God’s word.
The truth is; the Sabbath is TODAY. It is always TODAY.
Understand that we are redeemed from the law of the sabbath and are not required to take a day of rest each week. That was just a type of the “rest” that we are to enjoy in the New Covenant. The Lord invites us to abide in His rest and REMAIN there, seven days a week.
Hebrews 4:10 ~ For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
The idea is to cease from your own labors and take up His. I know this may tip some religious cows, but if you enter His rest and remain there, you will be living in the center of Gods will. Instead of looking forward to the one day where you can get refreshed and edified, labor to remain IN HIM. There will be no danger of “burn out” or exhaustion because He will always lead you to do the right thing at the right time wether it be ministering, resting, spending time with the family or spending time enjoying His presence.
Jesus rebuked a “hypocrite” in Luke 13:14-16 . Implying that no one truly keeps the sabbath anyway. Those under the Old Covenant could not keep the Law Of The Sabbath, so Jesus fulfilled that part of the Old Covenant.
Look at the rest of that passage in Hebrews,
Hebrews 4:9-11 ~ 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
The key to this rest is living a life of obedience to the One residing on the inside of you. Galatians says it well:
Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Loose the mindset of the “Sabbath” as taking a day off from labor, instead, labor to enter His rest daily. If you are truly in His rest you have ceased from your own works and are all about Jesus, and taking up His burden, His yoke, His agenda, and trusting His faith to lead you and direct you into God’s perfect will for that day. Do the words “light and easy” ring a bell?
Matthew 11:30 ~ For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Understand that the Old Testament was written to spiritually dead people and the law of the Sabbath was just a type of the wonderful rest we have in Christ.