The reward in rest

“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
                                                                                                                              -Mark 2:27

I try to read my Bible often, but I’ve never seen this verse before.

Lately, Bill and I have been focused on the word “rest,” and what it looks like to do so in a world—and job—that is so demanding and never-ending.

In our culture today, resting is almost viewed as a sign of weakness. With technology that keeps us connected 24/7, it’s nearly impossible to “turn off”…and so even when we’re resting, we’re most likely doing so with a phone or an iPad or laptop in hand. In other words, we’re never fully unplugged.  

Mark 2:27 gave me an entirely new way to look at the importance of rest. When we make the connection between this verse and the 10 Commandments (keep the Sabbath day holy…) we realize that God doesn’t just want us to rest, he demands we do so! (After all, even He rested after creating the world…)

Sunday doesn’t have to be your day of rest, but one day does. How can you adjust your lifestyle to make rest a priority?

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