The Gift of Sabbath Rest (Part II)

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Matthew 12:12 And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”

There aren’t an overwhelming number of authors who specifically research and write about Discipleship or Spiritual Formation. But here are what a few say about Sabbath rest:

Peter Scazzero: “Sabbath protects us from doing violence to ourselves.”

Ronald Rolheiser: “There is a kind of hurry that is a form of violence exercised upon time that is detrimental to our health, to our families, to to our communities, and to our relationship with God.”

Dan Allender: “Sabbath stands against all forms of greed, power, control and ultimately, violence against others and against ourselves.”

Violence. That’s an incredibly strong word to consider when you simply think of not resting and experiencing the Sabbath. But Matthew 12:9-14 reveals that Sabbath rest not only bring physical healing, but also heals a weary soul. 


     MATTHEW 12:9-14 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: Consider how well you have practiced Sabbath rest over the previous 8-12 weeks. In what ways may your lack of Sabbath rest be a form of violence against your physical health, your family, your community, and your relationship with God? Take your time and write out as many as you can.

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Sabbath isn’t about “adding one more thing” to your busy schedule. It’s about removing some things that don’t build you up. Consider what you may be able to remove from your schedule so you can experience real rest.

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that today’s reading is challenging because I don’t like to think that I have been violent toward myself, others, or my relationship with You. But a I’m beginning to see that lack of Sabbath does lead to destruction. Help me to build up, not tear down. Amen.

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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