Exodus 20:8-11… 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.In it, you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it …
The question of ‘How do we remember Sunday?’ is a legitimate one, and is an important focus point in this article. The passage states that God wants us not to work on the Sabbath day. The Muslims recognized the Sabbath day on Friday the Christians on Sunday. This article will focus on the Christian recognition of the Sabbath on Sunday. Most people remember as a child of going to a church on Sunday. Whether they went to Sunday school usually before the church services or they just attended the church services shaped the memories on how they remember their experiences in church. These church experiences we remembered most likely shaped or taught us our moral sense of what was right or wrong with us and the world we lived in. This article will explore how we should express our respect for the Sabbath.
The basic meaning of the Sabbath is a day of rest. How should we honor and respect our day of rest? We should show our respect and honor the Sabbath praising God blessings, seeking a personal relationship with God, meditating on God’s word, and in pray with God. Praising God (meaning giving thanks to God) can be done in many ways. The word of God states in Psalm 150
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord! If you can’t play an instrument or sing well you still can dance, sing with the congregation as well as dance. Our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ loves when we give praises to His holy name with testimonies. It is said that when we praise God blessing comes down upon us. Meaning we will get blessings from God that we may not even expect. The one thing any Christians shouldn’t be shy about is giving thanks to God for the meaning blessing we believe God has given us. Anyone who believes there is a God should at the very least thank God for your health and that you are in your right mind (meaning not crazy). Also giving thanks to God for His many blessings is another way evangelizing the good news about Jesus Christ.
Seeking a personal relationship with God also can be done in several ways. The most important establishing a relationship with God is through with word. Many people seek an understanding of God’s word through the sermon the Pastor of the church gives every Sunday. But let’s say you have to work on Sunday and you can’t hear your pastor sermon what do you do then. You can tape your pastor’s sermons or listen to another taped sermon from another pastor. Many people have daily bible readings and devotionals to get an understanding of God’s word. The bible states in John 1:1-2… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. It is very important for you to understand the true meaning of this passage of scripture. John one of the twelve disciples of Jesus wrote this to express of the word as Jesus in the flesh. Another way of expressing or reading John 1:1 … is by saying “In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.” John wrote his book for Christians and non-Christians during that time period many people worshiped mythological gods whose supposed to have supernatural powers. But John, One of the twelve disciples who witnessed all of Jesus miracles wanted everyone to have no doubt that Jesus was the ultimate and only God and his word was true.
Seeking God’s word is very good way to honor and respect the Sabbath but it would be an even better way for you to honor and respect the Sabbath in meditating on God’s word. The word of God says in Psalm 119:148… My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. You should get somewhere quiet where there are no distractions and read your bible. If you don’t understand the scriptural verse you are reading just pray to God to give the understanding of what you are reading. The word of God has different meanings to everyone who reads it. What one verse might mean something to one person but mean something completely different to you. When you meditate on the God’s word ask God what do you want me to do with your understanding of His word.
Finally, you should always pray to God in showing honor and respect for the Sabbath. I believe that pray changes all things. You prays must be made and consecrated in your faith in God and his promises. The word of God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18… 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these commands – be joyful, pray continually, and gives thanks – often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing his presence within us, and determining to obey God fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequently, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times. Regardless, whether you work on the Sabbath day or not you should always honor and respect this day of rest. It is your special time with God and will only improve your relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ where all blessing comes from. I submitted a gospel video related to Sunday church service most of us are usually attending. Enjoy this video. Remember Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I.
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Written by Kofi Baruti