God said the seventh day (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) is the Sabbath. He said to keep it holy.

For a time, the LAW added to the Commandments, and made things much stricter (the Israelites could do no work, could not light a fire in the home, etc., or incur the death penalty). We are not under the LAW now, but we are still supposed to keep the Commandments. So, that means we focus on God from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.

We don’t work (for wages) then, or participate in activities that oblige others to have to work then (in other words, we don’t shop or go to restaurants etc. then either). We also prepare the day before the Sabbath, so as not to do housekeeping or yardwork then. It is possible to prepare most meals in advance.

Some people believe we can just pick a day to call our Sabbath. No!! We do not just pick a day–GOD defined the Sabbath. (So many people lack reverence (‘fear’) for/of God!)

The reason many people are told they must work on Saturday is the same reason Friday night is the biggest ‘party night’: Satan seeks to cause people to profane the Sabbath, in order to upset God, because it brings him (Satan) pleasure to see God upset.

As I often say, this is our ‘test life’. This life is filled with many trials and events that are meant to test us, and to prove our commitment. God is sifting those who DO love Him from those who only pay Him lip service.

What did Jesus say about serving God or money? Did He say ‘surely God understands that you must earn a living’? No! Basically He told us we had to make a choice:

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ [money] (Matt. 6:24)

How true it is. To serve God often means that we will have to lose out on monetary opportunities–but God’s kingdom operates on a whole different economy!

‘For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.’ (Ps. 50:10)

‘Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matt. 6:31-33)

‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.’ (Luke 6:38)

When we are told that we must work during the Sabbath, that is a test of our faith. We must remain faithful.

Some people literally behave as though they are SLAVES to mammon/money. It seems not to have occurred to them that they are EMPLOYEES, not slaves. Employees are employed (used) by their employer (user), and employees USE money. An employer–employee relationship is NEGOTIATED to be acceptable to both parties.

This is a very different mindset to have, than the person who puts their FAITH/trust in money and will do whatever their employer demands in order to obtain it! A person who consents to this is in the bondage of slavery to mammon.

As an employee, you have the right to set some limits on your time, and to say that you are not available to work during the Sabbath. (Ideally you discuss this at your job interview.) If your employer is amenable to it, then all is well. If not, then you must choose whether to look for a better work arrangement elsewhere, or to submit to a slave–master relationship with your employer.

Yes, it may mean taking lower pay or a less glamorous job elsewhere . . . or not putting your college degree or training to use (usually temporarily) . . . but would you disobey God for an extra $20,000 a year? $10,000? $5,000? What is your price? Do you HAVE a price? Because if you are willing to disobey God for ANY amount of money, then you are a slave to mammon and NOT a servant of God!

‘He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (1 John 2:4)

Which do you choose . . . to put your faith in God, or to put your faith in mammon? . . . to obey God, or to obey men? Who answers your prayers, your employer, or God? Who will care for you, your employer, or God?

Those who do not sincerely wish to obey God will always try to justify their disobedience. Yes, Jesus is our Sabbath rest. He is also the Bread of Life, but who among us has stopped eating? Stop making excuses and put Jesus first.

 

(NO!!!  I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist–that is a cult.)

 

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