AUG 14

Mark 2:23-28
Memorise Mark 2:27
“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”

With regards to this 4th commandment, this must be one of the most commonly asked questions amongst teens. This is a big concern, for it means one whole free day taken away from my studies and work. Other questions include the issue of recreation – can I play sports, watch movies, play computer games or go shopping on a Sunday? Many more questions could follow. Everyone would have their own opinion as to what is right and what is wrong, and debates and even church splits would occur over these issues. To these things, we must know that moderation is the key, that we neither be too liberal nor too legalistic over it.

However, we must realize that these things are really not the point. We are not to seek after a simple list of dos and don’ts and then try to live by it. As we know, it is often not the act itself, but the heart behind it that matters. Instead of asking what we can or cannot do, we ask what our heart’s focus and desire should be, and then from there, chose activities that suit it.

We have gone through many of the issues with regards to the Sabbath, as to the history, purpose, meaning and right way of remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy. Use this knowledge as guiding principles to discern how you can best observe each Sunday with a clear conscience, knowing that you are doing that which pleases God.

We must understand that the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. We must not surround ourselves with excessive rules and regulations, like the legalistic Pharisees did and miss the point of what the Sabbath was really about. However, we must also remember that the Jesus is also the Lord of the Sabbath, and He, not our pursuit of business or leisure, ought to be the focus of our Sabbath.

Thus we must emphasize again, that it is about principles and not lists. A right attitude, a right focus and a healthy love for God would naturally be able to guide you to know what the right things to do each Sunday are, and also every day of your life.

Thought: We should be neither too liberal nor too legalistic.
Prayer: Lord, grant me a discerning heart to know how best to live each day of my life for You.