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“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.”

No use beating around the bush, so I’ll admit right now that these are the Apostle John’s words, and not the ones I can use to describe all MY Sundays.

Honoring the Sabbath is one of the 10 commandments that just isn’t easy for me.

Of course, none of them are really easy, but it is often easier to let someone acting dumb live to see another morning rather than actually embrace the spirit behind the Lord’s day of rest.

Practicing this commandment sadly tends to vary among Christians.

We can mostly agree about “Thou shalt not kill”, but when it comes to honoring the Sabbath, interpretations and applications vary wildly.

For me, I know God wants me to spend the day uniquely different than the other 6 days.

Sunday is a day for spending quality time with Him and His people. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD,” says the beautiful words of Psalm 122:1.

Sunday is a day that He’s asked me to hit “pause” on my work pursuits.

Not that my work isn’t God’s work — it is, but God’s work should always be done on God’s timetable. And even God took the 7th day to cease from working.

Sunday is also a day for getting my spirit back in tune with God, just like a violin needs regular tuning.

I can only play for so long before my strings get loose, my harmony starts to disappear, and I end up making a racket and hurting the ears (and hearts) of those around me.

I’m learning that honoring the Sabbath begins with the spirit (mind, will, and emotions) at rest.

After all, the body can be at rest, even when the spirit isn’t.

When you are like my personality, it’s not easy to let the mind, will, and emotions rest.

Those rascals often go 90 MPH all day, and even sometimes at night, like when I wake myself up trying to problem solve in my dreams.

But Sunday should be a reminder to us to let those little gray cells rest.

It should be a reminder to us that we’re not running the world.

And it should be a reminder to us about who IS running the world and of the incredible opportunity we have to enjoy a day of rest with Him.

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Aaress Lawless

Aaress enjoys helping small businesses and ministries, having budget travel adventures with friends, and blogging about life lessons on Instagram.

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