Sunday to Monday | Learning to Receive

On Sunday Vikki Luce, Transformational Minister at God's Grace, talked about we are often too busy and tired to receive all that God wants to give us.

God still speaks and wants to give us grace and rest and blessed lives. How do we make space in our lives to receive these gifts? Sabbath.

Sabbath-filled lives admit that God is God and we are not. To do our best, to do all that God created us to do, requires that we follow God's pattern of rhythm for our lives: work and recovery; moving and stillness; noise and silence; fullness and emptiness.

Sabbath is the "bridge" in the Ten Commandments - the one that bridges the commandments to love God and to love others. When we allow for Sabbath in our days and weeks, we take Jesus' words from Matthew 6:31, 33-34, to heart:

What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving.

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

 Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (The Msg)

Taking It Home

  • What is your understanding of Sabbath? Why would God command it? (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • Do you agree with the old adage: "It is better to give than receive"? Which are you more comfortable with - giving or receiving? 
  • Is there room in your life to receive God's gifts? What changes might you make to open up space for God?
  • How do you find God? (nature, others, reading, silence, or ...) How coul you create some time to "stop" and find God in that way this week?
  • What could our missional community do to support one another in Sabbath-keeping?

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