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When Do you Unplug?


Electricity kills. The truth of this statement resonated in every fiber of my being when I attempted to install a fan in my house not too long ago. Thinking the switch was off and that my skills could handle the task were two profound mistakes. I felt all 110volts pass through my arm and to my toes when I inadvertently touched the wrong wire. Electricity kills. My electrician friends reminded me of the breaker box after this experience and offered no sympathy to my ignorance. Electricity kills. We all understand the nature and power of electricity, but as believers it is all too common to stay plugged in. We find the power of movement, mobile alerts, and a full schedule intoxicating. Being plugged in is good, especially when tasks need accomplished, but each person needs a day of rest.

The Lord created a model for rest in Genesis 2:2, And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. He commanded a day of rest in Exodus 20:8-11, Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exo 20:9, Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Exo 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exo 20:11, For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Jesus commended the Sabbath day in Mark 2:27, And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.

It seems apparent from Scripture that God desires for His children to rest. It honors the Lord when believers rest. Take a look at your schedule. When is your day of rest? When do you refuse to answer email, calls, and work? Have you honored the Lord in a day of rest? There should be no guilt when a person enjoys rest. So this week take a day to rest. Watch a movie, sleep in late, do something different than the rest of the week. Honor God by unplugging for a day, because electricity kills.

Do you have a day of rest built into this week? What needs to change in your schedule to have a day of rest each week? How can you make your day of rest more restful?

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