The pendulum has swung back again. I noticed more major businesses becoming more generous with time off for employees this past Christmas Season. I’m not sure if it’s because Chick-Fil-A has been so successful staying closed on Sundays or if the pandemic has added a new lens with which to view simplicity. Not only did many stores give their employees more time off, they touted it like something new – time to rest, be with family, and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

They are returning from 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week activity to the principle of the Sabbath.

I like the phrase Jesus used when the Pharisees were upset because Jesus and his disciples picked grain to eat on a Sabbath day. Jesus taught this important lesson: the Sabbath is created to meet the needs of people, not for people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).

This passage can make a difference in your life. Here are a couple thoughts to consider:


Jesus teaches that the Sabbath is designed to meet your needs. Humans have an innate need to rest and focus. When this need for is not met, we think too much about ourselves and what we do. We jeopardize our health. We no longer develop our gifts, but use them up. We lose a sense of the eternal. Every single person has a need to rest with a Sabbath day each week. Life truly becomes a mess when we allow it to be squeezed out.


At the same time, Jesus is declaring his Lordship. The Sabbath reminds us that God is God and we are his people. Each week, we regain the perspective that our work and toil is not the most important thing. In fact, most of it can happen without us. The only things truly requiring our presence are our relationships with God and others. Jesus calls us to join him in the most important things – loving God and loving others. The Sabbath allows for this.

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