In the course of every basketball game, the coach calls for a timeout for a lot of different reasons. In a remarkably similar way, God calls us to take a timeout! He is serious about the Sabbath.
Jesus modeled taking a timeout and told us the Sabbath was made for our benefit. (Mark 2:29) Here’s why you need to take a timeout:
Timeouts break the momentum of your adversary – Does it ever feel like the enemy is winning on every front? You think to yourself, get me to church! You come our way and you leave different; you leave hopeful! The momentum of the adversary is dissipated.
Timeouts create momentum – Maybe you are stuck in a rut and you need a pep talk of truth and inspiration. Timeouts help us get back in the game with renewed enthusiasm.
Timeouts provide rest – Sabbath literally means “a day of rest.” This is biblical precedence for down time and a Sunday afternoon nap!
You can do seven days of work in six days, but not in seven.
Timeouts are for plans, plays and strategy – When we honor the Sabbath, we gain wisdom from God’s word and it provides us with direction on how to live.
Timeouts are for getting healed up – Sometimes life beats you up and you need healing. Timeouts are for prayer and prayer really does make a difference.
Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray.. James 5:13 MSG
Timeouts are to reconnect with teammates – The Sabbath is designed to reconnect us relationally. We come together to encourage one another and nurture the lives of others.
Timeouts – most importantly – are to reconnect with the coach – Sabbath invites us to step away from the routine, enjoy God’s presence and recover.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG