Holy Convocation

“Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation…”

Leviticus 23:3


So a day off is just not a day off, it is a “holy convocation,” a sacred time “called” by God for the purpose of rest. Sabbath time is an assembling of people for the specific purpose of remembering God and the blessings we have received. Time away can be individual but what makes Sabbath holy is the presence of God and the people of God together as one body focusing on their eternal relationship with God. When Jesus said to Peter, “you are Peter, the rock, and upon this rock I will build my church,” he was not talking about a building rather he was talking about the gathering of God’s people to refocus and recommit to God. God says, “you shall do no work: it is a Sabbath to the Lord throughout your settlements.” (Lev. 23:3). God offered you a gift of time away and maybe celebrating the holy convocation of Sabbath is a gift right back to God; God wants you to celebrate your life and your celebration of life must give incredible joy to our Lord. God’s intent for you is to celebrate the gift we call life, but how can you truly celebrate the gift if you are constantly “at work?” A relationship will never survive if time is not taken just to celebrate the relationship. So it is with our relationship with God; if we do not take time apart to celebrate our relationship with God then just as with our human relationships, it will grow weaker. God knows it is hard for us to take a rest, check out the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:4-17. Commandment number four, “remember the Sabbath,” requires the longest definition because it is so hard for us to justify the time, let alone take the time. Check out your calendar; does it allow you time to strengthen your relationship with God? Does your schedule include a healthy time away to recharge and reconnect through worship? When our relationship with God is strong, all other relationships are strengthened as well. So celebrate the “Holy Convocation” of Sabbath and know the joy that God, through our Risen Savior Jesus Christ, offers to you. Thank you Jesus for the privilege of taking time with you.
Pastor Tom