MONDAY

Our worth as humans is not derived by what we produce. Sabbath reminds us that we’re human beings, not human doings. Mark 6:31 paints a picture of Jesus inviting his disciples to a quiet place for rest because he noticed that they were so busy they didn’t even have time to eat. He didn’t want their ‘doing’ to define their ‘being.’ Where have you been placing your value? As you spend time in prayer today, ask God to help you see your value in who you are to Him, versus what you do and how others perceive you.


TUESDAY

How do you see the Sabbath show up in your relationships? Do you feel like you’re always falling short? Are there always unreachable expectations? Or is there space between all that stuff where you feel loved and accepted just as you are? Romans 8:37-39 reminds us of the expansive love that God has for us. As you read that passage, highlight verse 39 in your Bible and pray those words over your heart and mind. Then write the words: NOTHING CAN SEPARATE HIS LOVE FOR ME on a visible surface as a reminder.


WEDNESDAY

Creativity comes from the connection between ideas. There must be space and rest in music, in art, in everything. Maybe you need to walk away from the pen, paper, or screen and give it space to be. For work to have the best of us, it requires all of us. During your work break today, take a walk outside and take a moment to breathe. Clear your mind and head of the work and watch the wonder of God’s creation all around you. Read over Psalm 29:11 and pray a prayer of peace for your workplace, your workspace, and for your overall approach to your work tasks.


THURSDAY

When you think about God, what’s your posture? Rest or effort? Do you feel like God is some distant being looking on at your decisions with disgust and disdain? Do you feel like you’re not enough? Do you believe that you’re loved and embraced by God exactly as you are? God doesn’t look to us as slaves but as members of His family. Take time today to read over Isaiah 43:1-3 and highlight the words where you see God’s love for you. Then write down all the ways you believe you don’t measure up in God’s eyes on a piece of paper, then rip it up and throw it away. As you pray, surrender your identity to Him and embrace His truth instead of the lies. You are loved—rest in that!


FRIDAY

Weekends are made for fun and friends, but they are also a prime time to lean into natural rhythms of rest. As you head into the next few days, make time to pull out your calendar and schedule in rest if you need it. Don’t let this idea of Sabbath stay on the front burner just for this week. Let your faith and life fuse together to help you embrace healthy spiritual practices that draw you closer to Christ. As you engage in some devotional time with the Lord today, read over Deuteronomy 5:12-15 and make a list of the areas of life you can see yourself become enslaved to easily. Surrender that list in prayer and ask the Lord to give you wisdom and perseverance to prioritize a Sabbath mentality as you draw near to Him each day.


TALK IT OVER

  • On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least and 10 being the most, how stressed are you?
  • What are some things that stress you out?
  • What do you do to practice self-care?
  • What about you adds value to the world?
  • How do you incorporate Sabbath into your weekly rhythm?
  • Which area of your life do you want to begin focusing more on implementing Sabbath: Parenting? Relationships? Work? Creativity? Relationship with God? 
  • Reflect on this passage and weave it into a closing prayer:
    On the Sabbath, we are remembering that our relationship with God did not begin with what we’ve done, it is not sustained by what we do, and it is not guaranteed to the end by our effort or work. God is in the Sabbath telling us we are loved just as we are, and we don’t have to work for it.”
Sunday, January 27, 2019 by Steve Cochran