Passage of the week: Exodus 20:2-17
The ten commandments are all rather old-fashioned – or so people seem to think when I speak about them. After all, what relevance do they have for today? They provide a benchmark, a framework for life as a Christian. They are based on respect, equality, and a belief in a God who created us and who is worthy of praise.
Some of the commandments are easier to keep than others. This Lent, I’ve been focusing on the one I find most difficult. The command to keep the Sabbath. Sabbath in the Bible is not just one day a week, but a concept. An idea of rest and refreshment, of stepping aside from the norm to just be, in the company of God. And it’s something I struggle with. It’s bound up with the commandment about false gods, and bound up with the one about worshipping God with all that I have and am. It’s often easier to do than to be, and to try to live up to expectations – either real or perceived. But if I don’t take the time, if I reject the idea of Sabbath, then I am refusing to worship God with all that I have and all that I am. I am stating that other things are more important than God.
So this Lent I am taking Sabbath time. Not just my usual day off, but actively trying not to overwork. To take Sabbath time each day. To rest, and be, and keep company with my God. What is your commitment this Lent?