Today we continue our Stewardship series talking about our testimony. A testimony is the story of our faith and life. When we talk about stewardship of our testimony, we are going to focus on three parts: the testimony of our salvation, the testimony of our sanctification, and the testimony of our reputation.
There are three questions we can ask, one with each of the three parts. We can ask, "How did I meet God?" regarding our testimony of salvation; "What is the Lord doing in my life today?" regarding our testimony of sanctification; and "What do people think of Christ when they look at my life?" regarding the testimony of our reputation.
July 1, 2018
Pastor Ben Marshall
Time. Time is one of those things we are not sure what to do with. It’s often one of the things that we wish we had more of, because the task list is always longer than the hour we have.
Have you ever wished you had more time to get done the things you needed to get done?
We are overworked and underrested. We are an exhausted people.
We must no longer brag about not keeping the Sabbath, proclaiming to all how busy and full our schedule is. Instead, we must remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. If we believe "God alone is sovereign, and the Bible is His inspired Word and the final authority for my life,” we must take seriously what the Bible says about work and what the Bible says about Sabbath rest.
The Sabbath rest (literally meaning to rest from labor), was instituted before sin entered the world. God wove rest into the very fabric of Creation. God also wove work into the very fabric of Creation. Both were commanded before the Ten Commandments and even before sin entered the world.
Work is good, and rest is good.But, work without rest is not good, and rest without work is not good. The main point of this message is: "You have too much to do to not rest."
Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 31:12,17 reveal the institution of the Sabbath and the remembrance and commanding of Sabbath-keeping from God to the Israelites.
Matthew 9:38, 12:8 and Mark 2:27-28 reveal that Jesus renews this Sabbath-keeping covenant, and is Himself the lord of the Sabbath and the lord of the Harvest (work).
Sabbath isn’t a rest from every possible thing that could be considered work. It is a rest from the kind of normal work and activity that the other six days of the week are given to.
If you don't choose to rest, the decision will be made for you.
There will always be excuses. There will always be more on the to-do list. One author wrote: “Sabbath is not the break we’re allotted at the tail end of completing all our tasks and chores, the fulfillment of all our obligations. It’s the rest we take smack-dab in the middle of them, without apology, without guilt, and for no better reason than God told us we could.”
 Mark Buchanan, in A.J. Swoboda’s Subversive Sabbath, 36.