Sabbath Was Made For Us

I couldn’t believe what I was reading. On the front page of a major business magazine was a top business leader telling people they need to unplug one day a week.

According to the article, our ever-connected world is doing a number on people. You just can’t stay wired in—mobile phones, e-mails, texts, Facebook, and Twitter—24 hours a day. The 24/7 lifestyle we’ve been drawn into depletes us of energy, creativity, and productivity.

His answer?

Take one day a week and totally unplug.

Really?

I could tell this guy doesn’t go to church much. If he did, he would’ve recognized the fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”

Maybe it’s time for us to realize the obvious. God knows what He’s talking about. Thousands of years ago, when He gave Moses the “Ten Rules for Living,” Sabbath was included.

Human beings need one day to step out of the rat race. We need one day to listen to our own souls and pay attention to our families. We do better when we have at least one day a week to enjoy the life we’re working so hard to build.

So, go ahead.

Turn off your mobile phone.

Unplug from e-mail and every other demanding form of digital communication.

Get quiet.

Rest.

Pay attention to your soul.

And if someone asks you, tell them God told you take the day off.

When God Doesn’t Take Our Calls

One of the down sides of modern evangelicalism is we’ve tried too hard to bring people to Jesus.

We sometimes give the impression God is a homeless beggar meekly waiting to be asked into your heart. According to most invitations I’ve heard (and some invitations I’ve given), Jesus is waiting and waiting and waiting—hoping that sometime before we die, we’ll “let Him into our hearts.”

There’s just one problem with that. It’s not scriptural.

In fact, the Bible is pretty clear about this one. Salvation—from beginning to end—is the work of God alone.

We don’t come to Jesus as much as we’re drawn to Him. If we’re curious to find out more about Jesus, it’s because He gave us the question in the first place.

Because most of us have grown up in very different political systems, we don’t fully understand the royal metaphors used to describe Jesus.

As King, His word is law and final. As servants, we wouldn’t be able to just drop in on the King when we felt like it. We’d have to wait to be summoned.

Salvation works the same way. We come when we’re called. Most of us seem to think that we’re in control of this process, and we’ll make an appointment for Jesus when it’s most convenient for us.

But we don’t control that schedule. Jesus does.

Throughout Scripture, you can hear the cries of people who can’t hear anything from God.

Look at the Psalms and the Prophets. Count how many times they say, “How long, O Lord?” How does Isaiah say it? “Seek the Lord while He may be found.”

What’s the implication? There will come a time when we’ll seek Him and won’t be able to find Him.

That will be hell. Not the judgment of fire, but the absence of God. We’ll call out, but there won’t be a response.

God will respect our choices. If we don’t want to be with Him, He won’t make us.

But right now, Jesus wants you to be with Him. Right now, there’s time. Remember, it’s His clock.