Day of Rest: Lightening the Load on Sundays
Several weeks ago as our family was meandering around looking for a church to attend one Sunday morning, we were amazed by how many churches started before 10 AM. Several churches we drove past were completely empty as we slowed to read their church sign.
Only to discover many church now have church at 9 AM and are out by 10 or 10:30.
This surprised us as a family, and I thought revealed something to me.
“I have always wondered how some of the people I know who attend church have accomplished so much on Sundays. Now I know. They go to church at the crack of dawn and have the rest of the day to get things done.”
Except we still haven’t made it to any of those “early” churches and I’m noticing just how much more time I have on Sundays.
Some translations say weary, but I chose a King James Version today because I want to explain what labor means here. Yes, labor means work, but what if it means a little more?
Are you laboring under burdens? Perhaps burdens that you place upon yourself?
I can’t speak for you, but I have spent many a Sunday laboring. In church. Often before church, during church, after church, and then repeat the whole process for Sunday evening services and Wednesday evening services. That’s a lot of burdens to place on oneself.
And as if that isn’t enough, Jesus extends the invitation not only to those who are laboring, but those who are heavy laden. Yeah, exactly what does that mean?
Wait, I thought laboring was about burdens?
This is a different type of burdens. These are the burdens placed on you by others: religious leaders, members of the congregation, those you think are looking at you to perform a certain task a certain way.
And just thinking about those two things has me exhausted.
Why? Because I’ve been there. I allowed myself to exchange the joy of the Lord for a lot of burdens. A yoke of bondage that the Lord never intended me to carry.
The Lord says if we take His yoke upon us, and learn from Him, He will give us rest.
I listened earlier as my husband told my kids for the umpteenth time in the last month that they really need to join us in the read the Bible in a year plan we’re doing together. He went on to explain amazement at how much we’re learning and growing in just a few minutes a day.
Did you catch that?
Too often we “seek” God, but we’re really only looking for Him to validate our plans, our dreams, and our desires.
More of Him.
More knowledge from His teaching.
And more rest on Sundays.