Jan 25, 2015 “The Grace of Weekly Rest” is part 2 in the series on Busyness.
Somehow a 24/7 work life has become a badge of honor in our society. In older societies, it was a badge of slavery. How is it that the slave’s life is now a honored life? How do we get out of this mess? How do we get the still deeper soul rest, of which a Sabbath rest day is but a taste and token?
Ray Ortlund, Jr. “The Sabbath is God’s appointed release for us from our self-worshiping addiction to work and productivity and efficiency and organization and busyness…. If we kept the Sabbath – it’s inconvenient, but the important things in life usually are – if we kept the Sabbath, one day in seven, fifty-two weeks a year, we’d automatically add seven and a half weeks of vacation to our year.” (Isaiah: God Saves Sinners, p. 391, 392)
Eric Liddell to his sister Jenny on his plan to run in the Olympics and then go on the mission field to China: “I believe that God made me for a purpose, for China. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. To give it up would be to hold Him in contempt.” (movie Chariots of Fire, 1981)
January 25, 2015
Pastor Chuck Jacob