Remember the Lord’s Day

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Key verse: “And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Luke 6:5

Eight of us had worked steadily for two days, gathering range cattle from a mountainous area covering more than eighty square miles. Tomorrow would complete the roundup, but tomorrow was Sunday. Despite the protests of our companions, Joe and I determined to drive to the small mission church seventy-five miles east of us for the services and fellowship. 

Not much was said upon our return to the cow camp late Sunday evening, but we soon learned that five of the horses had gone lame or thrown shoes. As a result, very little had been accomplished, and everyone was sore, tired, and at least a little grumpy. In contrast, Joe and I were rested and refreshed, ready for Monday morning—and so were our horses. 

The commandment to set aside one day each week for physical rest and spiritual refreshment was given for man’s benefit and blessing. Although some physical work may be essential, we need to carefully distinguish the essential from the convenient. Hardening our conscience against properly observing the Lord’s Day can be a gateway to additional compromises. 

One rewarding way to observe the Lord’s Day is to visit and encourage others, especially the elderly, the infirm, and those struggling materially or spiritually. Focusing on other people and their needs gives us respite from our normal weekday routine. Spending quality time with our family will build enduring relationships as we simply relax with them and enjoy their company. 

As with most of Jesus’ teachings, the proper observance of the Lord’s Day focuses more on being than on doing—or not doing. When the being is in harmony with His Word, the doing will naturally follow. 

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27  

~ Pete Lewis


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