Reading: Genesis 1:31 – 2:4a
Verse Three: God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He rested.
As human beings and as children of God, we are created in the image of God. We are to model the patterns that God sets in the Bible. We try to follow the examples that Jesus, God in the flesh, set for us in the Gospels. In our day to day lives we try to love as Jesus loved as we seek to follow His example of ministry. Hard as it may be to live as Jesus lived, often times we are better at this than we are at following today’s model for our lives.
After spending six days creating the world, God looks over His “very good” work. He is pleased with what He has created. We are pretty good at modeling these two parts of today’s passage. We are good at working and producing and making. At times we can even be pleased with our labors and can take pride in what we have accomplished. Clearly we can see in this passage, and throughout the Bible, that we are created to work, to use our bodies and minds in labor. We are also called throughout Scripture to give our very best in all we do, so our labors should produce things, ideas, … that are also “very good”.
“God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He rested”. The Sabbath, or seventh day, is holy because on this day God rested. This is the model we find hard to follow. We often are just as bad at taking rest as we are good at always working. To work and work and work some more is how we respond to our culture of ‘more’ and how we try to attain ‘success’ as defined by the secular world. It is a sad treadmill that we too easily climb onto. The treadmill never leads to a destination but simply keeps on churning. The world is happy to allow us to work and work and work. But we are created in God’s image. On the seventh day God made it holy and He rested. In rest we are renewed and refreshed and recharged. In rest we are drawn closer to God. May we each find our Sabbath this week – our time and place of rest where God can minister to us.