I was in my car listening to Pastor Dudley Rutherford—one of the best preachers God has ever put on this earth—preaching on temptation through my cd player. I’d heard the sermon before, two times to be exact.
But this time was different.
He talked about some of the “don’ts” God has for us. As he talked in my mind I was checking off the commands in my head and thinking okay, check.
As if it were the first time I have ever heard it, but I know I’d heard it and read it too many times to count…he said…
Work as hard as you want for six days but rest one day. God says rest one day a week. BANG! How was I able to justify not taking one day to rest? How have I been able to lie to myself about the work I was doing? How is it that my heart had never been pierced like it was being pierced at that very moment?
I’ll give you my guess:
I was working pretty much every day…but I took half days off sometimes. I allowed myself to rest when I needed it. I would stop if my family needed me. If I got sick I stopped. Certainly the idea of taking a WHOLE day off didn’t apply to me. How in the world would I get all my work done if I took a WHOLE day off? But I love my work, so if you love it then it is not really work, besides it’s ministry, so it’s okay right? I need to work every time I get a chance, working from home I need to balance things and working every day is how I do that. Excuses, excuses, excuses!
Bottom line: I wasn’t trusting God. Even worse, I wasn’t doing what He said. I was ignoring His command to take a day off. I had “preached” to others myself how important it was to take a day off, but somehow didn’t think it applied to me.
How could I be so hypocritical? How could I be so…so…stupid!?
Solution: I started taking a day off, once a week, trusting that God will multiply my work on the other days. I am going to follow God’s command from here on out.
Stay tuned and I will let you know how it goes. As for this “stupid & hypocritical” child of God, I am so happy that God always allows us to fix whatever in our life needs fixing, because He is a God of second chances. Amen?
How about you? Do you take one day off work each week?