Rest and Recharge

Exodus 35:2–3, Leviticus 25:2–5, Matthew 12:1–9

What recharges you? An extrovert will be charged up by being with people. An introvert charges by being alone. Both, in many respects, are forms of . Part of the problem with , as it is practiced, and as the rules seem to state, there can be no work on the .

Let’s also deal with when is the …it’s the day of , not a day of a week. There are those that insist only Saturday or Sunday are the day of the . There is kind of a round-robin on this. ed on the 7th day, whichever day that was. If you look and a US calendar, technically the should be a Saturday (the last day of the week). If you look at Western European calendars, the is Sunday (the last day of their week). Just comparing calendars should put some on this.

In the days of the Temple of Jerusalem, the priests, the gatekeepers, the guards, the merchants (who sold “sacred” goods on the Temple grounds), the workers were all very busy…working on the . Were they an exception? Yes. However, as we are all now part of the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9), do we all work on Sundays? No, but we always want and need more volunteers! (Had to be said)

Rest is at the core. Not just , though. It is to be sacred . What is that? That probably is a discussion between you and . Some people find gardening to be ful (despite being “work”). If it is not what you do for a (which is really where the “no work” concept comes from), then it very well could be , while it is not to someone else (for example, someone who doesn’t like gardening).

Some find their watching sports. Some find their reading. Some find their cooking. Who are we to judge someone else’s ? However, there is that “sacred ” part. How does one get there?

1) How do you deliberately focus on in your day activities?

2) What activities do you find ful? What activities of do you think are not ful? Why?

3) Do you feel that should be “productive” or “non-productive”? What does that mean to you?