Gaining rest is a necessity for Christian workers, even though many of us are on the work-a-holic side, and we love our job. But in our hectic day, the concept of biblical Sabbath is having a renewal. Here Gavin Ortlund gives seven principles that could be built into our lives to implement Sabbath Rest.
Gavin Ortlund is a husband, father, associate pastor at the Sierra Madre Congregational Church, editor at The Gospel Coalition, and a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary. His dissertation focuses on the interpretation of Anselm of Canterbury’s Proslogion. Here’s his excellent post on the 7 Principles regarding Sabbath Rest.
“Life has been busy lately. Our daughter is due soon, I am taking my comprehensive finals next month for my PhD, I’m writing/editing stuff, and I’ve taken on expanded responsibilities at our church. I’m sensitive to the danger of taking on too much, and I’ve continually had to surrender my schedule to the Lord and ask for wisdom.
But for this season, I honestly feel the Lord has called me to all these things, and I’m enjoying them all and learning so much in the process. I have, however, had to reflect a great deal about the importance of setting up healthy habits of work and rest during this busy season. Somewhat paradoxically, I rest more deliberately and more consistently during this time of my life than I ever have. Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am . . .” (read more . . .)