I’ve been having some personal thoughts about those of us whom God has set apart as His “scattered ones”. I thought I would put this down in a post just to see what others are thinking.
If you’re like me you’re probably breathing a breath of fresh air now that we have finally mustered the courage to “lay down our burdens” and lead Spirit led lives. Matthew 11:28. And while we are no longer subjected to harsh and laborious man-made rules and regulations that often went far beyond what God has commanded, we still must avoid becoming unconsciously lax in giving honor to the Heavenly Father on his Holy Day.
In keeping with our mission to continuously “watch” in our hope to become a part of God’s Kingdom, the Church of God Community Web will be publishing periodic reminders to help keep us all focused on what God has commanded and at the same time, ensure we are giving Him Honor, Praise and Glory always until Christ comes back. This is especially important because the day Jesus spoke of long ago during a conversation with a Samaritan woman concerning places of worship is now upon us. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:23-24).
Although we attend services and fellowship via various forms of telecommunications, honoring the Father by dressing for the occasion still honors and gives the Father the respect He richly deserves. More importantly it is well worth remembering that each Sabbath is a time when Christ is in our mist. Matthew 18:20. Minding how we speak to each other in fellowship should also be carefully considered as many scriptures admonish us to do so. 1 Thess. 5:11, Eph. 4:29, Heb. 10:24, Col. 3:16.
In addition, properly conducting services with order and being mindful of how attentive we are during services also holds great significance. Below is a list of biblical principles to reflect on and help us to remember what we should be doing when Sabbath rolls around as we are striving to be Christ-like and doing what is “pleasing in His Sight” 1 john 3:22 Rest in God Keeping the Sabbath Holy (A web page that pulls together many scriptures related to this topic)
1. Sabbath is a day to cease creating, working with creation and reflect/appreciate what God has done in the world and is doing in us. Gen. 2
2. The Sabbath is a time to lay our burdens down and rest. We should not do any servile work on the Sabbath, This includes our entire family, even our servants and beast of burden and strangers who live among us. Jer. 17; Ex. 20 and Deut. 5
3. The Sabbath is a Holy convocation. We should meet and worship with others. Lev. 23
4. We should be reverent and show God that we love, honor and respect His authority, Ps. 89:7, Hab. 2:20
5. The Sabbath should be a day of delight and rejoicing, a day which we forsake our thoughts and words for God’s thoughts and words. Is. 56,58
6. The Sabbath is a time of healing. Matt. 12, Mark, 1, 3, Luke 13, 14
7. We are not to buy or sell on the Sabbath. Neh. 13
8. The Sabbath is a time to do god and visit and comfort the sick. We should do spiritual work on the Sabbath serving others. John 5
9. The Sabbath is a time of prayer. Acts 16:13
10. The Sabbath is a time to reason with others about spiritual principles, and for leaders to teach the Word of God.
Worshiping God in Truth and Spirit without a physical location can sometimes make it all too easy to fall into being “too casual” when attending services, or getting too caught up in any given activity.. It is just as important to prepare for Sabbath by having our homes in order and remembering to do major food prepping on the sixth day of each week so that we are focused and retaining the lessons we are being taught on the 7th day. We must remember God is always with us and He is always watching. Proverbs 15: 3. What do you think?