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Everyday Saints Devotional 12

by David Joynt on January 13, 2022

MARK 3:1-5 | 1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come forward." 4 Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. 5 He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

The Sabbath command, and our Sabbath practices, free us from many negative things. It also frees us for many positive things. Sabbath is an opportunity to express and explore sides of our personality and our interests which are suppressed or insignificant at work. It is a chance to focus on relationships not outcomes, play not agendas, people not deadlines. It can be a time to explore, through reading, travel, or hiking. Some use Sabbath to invest in their community and serve, as Jesus did when He healed on the Sabbath. Everyone should employ it to deepen their spiritual connections to God through worship.

How do you use Sabbath? Do you plan for it creatively?

Tags: plan, sabbath, creatively

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