“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”—Exodus 20:8 (ESV)
The verses following the quote above say, “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work… For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Is the Sabbath holy because we don’t do any work? That seems like a legalistic view. Jesus said, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”—Mark 2:27 (ESV)
I would interpret this that if your day of rest is a sacrifice to God, full of reflection on God and His glory, then everything else will fall into place as being holy from that. The work that you do serving in the church on the Sabbath is holy, the work that you do getting your kids up and prepared to worship is holy, and the work that you do driving to and from church and however you encounter people on the trip is holy.
Let’s be honest, you can also rest on Sunday and not keep the Sabbath. If you’re in bed until noon because you were out on a bender the night before, then that’s not really keeping the Sabbath. If you come home from church (like me) and loaf on the couch watching football from noon until midnight, that’s not really keeping the Sabbath.
Let’s make sure the Sabbath is holy by putting God first on Sunday and every other day.
What is your family’s favorite Sunday afternoon activity?