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From Your Pastor’s Heart ... REST!  “ ... you shall rest from your labors” (Exodus 34:21).

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 by Pastor Wes Hilliard


It’s Labor Day Weekend!   Woo Hoo!  Labor Day was designated a national holiday in 1894.   On the first Monday in September we honor the contributions of our American workforce by giving everyone a day off! 

God celebrated His six days of creative labor by sitting on His throne--ruling and resting.  And He has given us a gift and principle to do the same. “Six days you shall work.  Every Sabbath day ... you shall rest from your labors” Exodus 34:21.

Work and rest are gifts and commands from God.   The Bible calls us to work with excellence.  “”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24.   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  Whether you are a sanitation worker, minister, teacher, student, world-class athlete, politician, or workforce CEO, we glorify the LORD when we do it FOR HIM with excellence.

Just as importantly, the LORD calls us to delight in God’s gift of Sabbath, a weekly day of rest.  Both are needed for a balanced, productive, and blessed life.  In 21st century America, we seem pretty good at the work part, but we aren’t so good at delighting in the LORD’s gift of a day of rest ...

This Sunday, we have a challenge for you ... It will be a blessing if you will do it!

Let us “cease from our labors!”  Let us  “call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and ... honor it by not doing your own thing ...[If we will do this], you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I [the LORD] will cause you to ride in triumph ... and to feast on the inheritance of your father ... For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 58:13-14.

Come celebrate GOD’s labors and enjoy His rest!


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