May I? WEEK 2

TAKE A DAY OFF...WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY

MAY I...“take a day off…without feeling guilty?” 

A BUSY PERSON'S PRAYER:

“Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.”

Psalm 55:6-7 (NLT2)

LEISURE:  

“freedom, rest opportunity, time, unhurried quietude, peace, relaxation, stillness, repose, peace, composure of manner, quiet ease, and dignity of bearing, calm, reprieve, interval...involving play and recreation”


ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS EVER:

“…what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”

Matthew 16:26 (NLT2)


ONE OF THE BEST INVITATIONS EVER:

“Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT2)


PUTTING IT ANOTHER WAY:

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)


HOW DO WE LEARN THESE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE?


1) COME TO HIM.

ONE OF THE BEST INVITATIONS EVER:


“Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT2)


PUTTING IT ANOTHER WAY:

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)




WE CANNOT DO IT ON OUR OWN:

“Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.  It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

  Psalm 127:1-2 (NLT2)

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT2)


“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?


“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?


“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Matthew 6:25-33 (NLT)



“Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.”

Isaiah 40:28 (NLT2)


“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 (NLT2)


HOW DO WE LEARN THESE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE?


2)  GIVE OURSELVES BIBLICAL FREEDOM TO REST


GOD RESTED:


“So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.  On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”

Genesis 2:1-3 (NLT2)



GOD'S PEOPLE WERE CALLED & COMMANDED TO REST:


“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God.”

Exodus 20:8 (NLT2)


SABBATH-KEEPING WAS A PART OF THEIR FAITH & TESTIMONY:


“The Lord then gave these instructions to Moses: “Tell the people of Israel: ‘Be careful to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you from generation to generation. It is given so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.”  

Exodus 31:12-13 (NLT)


THEY WERE CALLED TO:


  • Celebrate the sabbath every week
  • Give the Land a sabbath every seven years (Leviticus 25:2-4)
  • Celebrating the Jubilee every 49 years (Leviticus 25:8-11)


JESUS KEPT THE SABBATH:


He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.”

  Luke 4:16 (NIV)



JESUS ALSO...


a) Jesus routinely broke the man-made “laws” around the Sabbath-keeping


b) Jesus came to fulfill the Law and free the people from the heavy demands of the Sabbath