When someone we love is in our care, we place boundaries around them for their benefit. This is to also keep us from having to clean up the mess of their mistakes later. I don’t let my 5 and 7 year old cook dinner because I know they can’t - and I don’t want to clean up the mess. It’s not a good idea for us to steal from a bank because the money is not ours, it hurts the people who lose that money, it hurts the bank, it’s wrong, we go to jail, to be honest the list can go on and on. God doesn’t want to clean up that mess in our hearts either. It’s just better not to. So God gives us boundaries. If we keep the first one the rest are easy. (20:3,5) “You shall have no other gods before me....for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,” and the third will take care of us (20:8-10) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall do no work.” Now don’t miss this - It will take care of us, but IT IS FOR THE LORD....”in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefor the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” God gave us 10 basic commandments. Most of these are common sense. Don’t steal, don’t lie, etc. Two are easily neglected in the hustle and bustle of today. We deem our lives more important, our schedules, our to-do lists more important than true submission to the one who created us. We set them up on an alter of “busy” and make that our god whether we realize it or not. It may not be a god of silver or gold, but a god none the less it most assuredly it is. What will it take for us to put these two commandments back where they belong and start obeying them again? When do we begin to stop picking and choosing our Christianity and fully submit to our creator and say “Yes LORD” with a fearful and willing heart instead of just our lips? Where I am sitting today typing this, it’s Saturday morning. So I take this baby step and don’t leave my house. I would say that “work” would be anything that takes your heart from God. Anything that causes you not to rest, that pulls the joy from not only you but those around you. Do you find solace and commune with your creator in your garden? Then for you, that is not work. It would be for me, it is pure toil!! I may love painting but if I have my husband helping to spend time with him and he hates it - I am causing him to work. Be mindful of others. You may be saying to yourself, “I am convicted right now and am in a situation that I can’t get out of causing me to work on a sabbath. “ I would say honor that commitment and then don’t renew. You always have a choice.
Everyday we chose, we chose who or what we will worship. God bought you at a price. Will you chose Him?