I love Sundays. In fact, Sunday is my favorite day of the week. Here are 4 reasons I love Sundays:
1. It’s a day of rest. I’ve been accused of being a workaholic, and I do work hard. But I learned back in law school to observe the Sabbath. In law school the professors assign students more reading than they can possibly do. They say this teaches the students to handle stress and meet deadlines. I’m not so sure. My colleagues studied 7 days a week. I decided to take a step of faith and trust if I honored the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11), the Lord would make my studying more productive the other 6 days. I carried this habit into my career as a lawyer. This means I’ve worked many Saturdays until midnight, but the blessing has always far outweighed the sacrifice.
2. It’s a day to worship the Lord. There is nothing like being led by a music group in praise and worship, and there is nothing like experiencing the presence of God in a tangible way.
3. It’s a day to recharge. My job is high stress. If I didn’t have one day a week with down time I would burn out. I’m sure this is why so many trial attorneys and others in high stress jobs do burn out, develop health problems or end up abusing alcohol or drugs. There is nothing worse than starting work on Monday exhausted. I don’t, and it’s because I’ve developed the habit of observing the Sabbath.
4. It’s a day of blessing. For all these reasons, Sunday is a day of blessing for me, and I think this is why Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27) I look forward to Sundays because I know I will not be working but relaxing, worshipping the Lord and recharging. How could it not be my favorite day of the week? But it’s only a blessing if you honor it. If you repeatedly misuse it to catch up at work or earn a few extra bucks it will no longer be a blessing, just another day.
Life in the kingdom of God is a blessing, but only if you obey the King. If you’ve not developed a habit of observing the Sabbath, I challenge you to try it for the next 4 weeks. By the second or third week you will find yourself looking forward to it, and Sundays will become a blessing in your life. After that it will be easy to make it a habit. GS