Since God’s creation of the world, mankind has worked. God designed man to work and to keep the garden, following His own example of creative and diligent labor. Yet, while God instituted a working world, He also instituted the practice of Sabbath. Genesis 2:2-3 tells us, “On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation.”
Throughout the Old Testament, the concept of Sabbath rest is of vital importance, as the people set aside one day of every week to remember the Lord and cease from their labor. The Lord provided for and blessed their rest, and the Sabbath strengthened the people’s trust in God’s provision.
Moving forward into the New Covenant, Christ Himself is shown to be the ultimate Sabbath for mankind, providing rest in a restless and burdened world (Matt. 11:28-30). Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:8), and He makes clear that the Sabbath is about worship of God and care for others. While the church meets regularly on the Lord’s Day to practice corporate worship, sit under the preached Word, and fellowship together, New Testament believers also continue to practice Sabbath, though not as rigidly as under the Law. We emulate our Creator God when we cease from our work and take time to personally worship Him. In this way, Sabbath is a vital element of maintaining healthy spiritual life.
Since we began working on it, our team has poured countless hours of work into Thinking & Theology. It’s a labor of love for us, as we do this in addition to the regular demands of family, church life, and work responsibilities. We delight to serve in this way. Yet, we occasionally need to cease from our labor that we might worship the Lord and care for one another well.
Over the next three months, Thinking & Theology will be taking a Summer Sabbatical. We’ll post a few articles we have written already, and we’ll occasionally connect over social media. However, from now until August 31, you won’t hear from us every week. We’ll come back at the beginning of September with a full slate of articles, but for the summer, we’re resting. We’re ceasing from our labor; we’re enjoying a Sabbath.
Thank you for hanging with us while we take a breather. Pray for us, if we come to mind, that we would be refreshed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for us, that we wouldn’t squander our rest but would faithfully spend it in the Word, in fellowship with God’s people, and in proclaiming Christ to those we encounter. Pray for us, that we would love the Lord even more in September than we do now, that we might look more like Him and reflect Him more clearly. And know that while we rest, we’ll also pray for you.
God is glorified in the ways we steward our lives for Kingdom purposes. This stewardship includes the things we choose to do, but it also includes all the things we choose not to do. So, may the Lord be glorified this summer in the things we do and in the things we don’t.
See you in September!
The Thinking & Theology Team