You Need a Sabbath!

Rest is an idea I’m pretty sure we can all agree on. Especially artists. After being a part of the worship and artist communities for more than 30 years I can attest that although creative types are experts at cramming ten hours of work into three, we’re not very good at observing the fourth commandment.

I don’t have a seminary degree. I’m sure most of you reading this could argue circles around me when it comes to the interpretation of “sabbath.” What I do know is that God, from the very beginning of creation, modeled a 6-day work week. On the 7th day He rested. Think about it—was God tired? Did He need a nap?

When God finished creating the heavens and the earth he said, “It is good!” In other words, the work is done and it’s perfect. In a sense, He walked away from His project without fear that something wasn’t quite right. Sabbath should be a time for shutting down our need to prove ourselves. I love what Tim Keller says about the sabbath:

“We need to stop to enjoy God, to enjoy his creation, to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The whole point of Sabbath is joy in what God has done…we need rest from the anxiety and strain of our overwork, which is really an attempt to justify ourselves—to gain the money or the status or the reputation we think we have to have.”

Do you recognize the tremendous gift God has given us here? He’s decreed that for one day out of seven, deadlines don’t exist, projects don’t have to be completed, and expectations don’t have to be met. God says, “Well done. Enter your rest.” And by saying that He promises to protect what you’ve laid down for the day. I love what our founding pastor Willie George says: “You can do more in six days than you can in seven.”

Now, I understand that this topic goes much deeper than just resting one day a week, but it’s a great place to start if you haven’t already. Full disclosure: We (me and my team) are not experts on this topic. We struggle with it constantly. But we understand the concept and we are getting better at obeying this commandment every week. We know our ultimate rest from self-justification is found in the Lord of the Sabbath—Jesus!

Okay, that’s my reasoning for making sure we have a day of rest once a week. Below are some practical steps you can take to make sure your sabbath stays undisturbed:

  • Make your sabbath the same day every week, not just when you have time for it. Put it on your calendar!
  • Let everyone you work with know what day you’re NOT working. Otherwise, your phone will blow up with questions supposedly only you can answer.
  • Don’t venture over to your office to retrieve something on your day off. Once you enter your workplace you’ll almost always start thinking of things you need to get done.
  • Use your time more wisely the other six days. One of the reasons you’re not able to keep a sabbath is because you’re not getting your work done on time.
  • Give yourself some grace. It may take a few weeks or months to figure out how to get your week set up to completely unplug for 24 hours a week.
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Andy Chrisman
Worship Pastor
Andy came to Church on the Move in 2005, having been in the music industry for over 25 years. He's dedicated to raising up the next generation of worship leaders, and even though he spent many years with the group 4him, he says he's "having more fun now than I ever did on the road."