“‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
(Isaiah 58:13-14 NIV)
Happy Sunday, Prayer Warriors!
We are nearly done with our fun Throne of Grace Giveaway Week! I woke up this morning thinking about it being Sunday, the Lord’s Day (or at least as most evangelical Christians celebrate it!). In reality EVERY day is the Lord’s Day and I try to keep that perspective, but Sunday is particularly set apart at the Garibaldi home as a day to honor the Lord, enjoy the sweet fellowship of other believers, cherish quality family time, and soak up some good Bible teaching! We know it is a command in Scripture – one of the TOP 10, in fact – but in the modern world there are many different takes on how to practically apply that command. It is important to uphold the spirit of the law, without becoming legalistic about it. For we know that Jesus called the Pharisees out time and time again for upholding the letter of the law but failing to have a heart that honored the Lord motivating their obedience.
“Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,
the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work.
So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.
The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath
untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?
Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years,
be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
(Luke 13:14-16 NIV)
Here in the Garibaldi house, we have a few ways we have chosen to honor the Sabbath, including:
Attending church as a family and participating by serving, worshiping, and partaking in church activities and fellowship
Sharing in a family devotional time
Taking a “break” on Sundsys from screen time – video games, computer games, movies, etc. Now, I have to explain that we are not legalistic about this and there are plenty of times when exceptions are made. However, we know that these particular forms of entertainment tend to be a big distraction for us and a temptation away from enjoying time as a family and away from filling our minds with all that is pure, lovely, and righteous. Therefore, we are especially mindful of what entertainment we take in on Sundays and actually find ourselves enjoying being creative with our forms of entertainment instead of just turning to the go-to forms of media!
As much as possible, refrain from household chores (laundry, grocery shopping, yard work, etc.) The burden of sticking with this commitment usually falls to me and it is hard! Again, we don’t want to be legalistic about it because there are times (like today when we’ve just returned from a trip and the laundry is piled high!) when the chores just need to be done! But, keeping this goal in mind helps us to be purposeful in planning out our week and putting time with the Lord and one another above the to-do list!