Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday is not a second Saturday

Post from: Ray Ortlund

If we would stop treating Sunday as a second Saturday, one more day to run to Home Depot, one more day for the kids’ soccer games, another day for getting ready for Monday, if we would rediscover Sunday as The Lord’s Day, focusing on him for just one day each week, what would be the immediate impact between today and one year from today?

By one year from today, we will have spent 52 whole days given over to Jesus.  Seven and a half weeks of paid vacation with Jesus.

He’s a good King.  Maybe we should put him first in our weekly schedules.  Not fit him into the margins of our busy weekends, but build our whole weekly routine around him.

Just a thought.

What do you think?  Is Ray being like the Pharisees who criticized Jesus about the Sabbath?   Or is he on to something?  I think partly both...Jesus clearly changed the way we view the Sabbath:  “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”  Clearly all the rules that the religious leaders had put on the practicing Jews were wrong.   But Ray is right that we only fit Jesus into the margins of our week.   Especially for me the weekend.  What if we spent one Sunday a month only in worship, prayer, celebration.....?  Would our relationship with God look different?

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