“Remembering the Sabbath to keep it Holy” and honoring the Lord’s Day have been amongst the most freeing, inspirational and invigorating aspects of my faith and life as a Sports Outreach Minister.
“Remembering the Sabbath” provides a rootedness and a balance to my life: Rooted by being anchored to the repeated rhythmic tension of activity and rest, and balanced by engaging in a healthy mix of work and play. When properly rooted and balanced, I am continually renewed and refreshed.
“Honoring the Lord’s Day” tethers me to the twin principles of personally and corporately worshipping God. I personally practice the presence of Christ in my six days of “vocational” endeavors and I also exalt God each Sunday by engaging in corporate praise, fellowship and spiritual contemplation centered on the preaching of God’s Word. Both the personal and the corporate demonstrate a witness of the responsibilities and blessings of being a follower of Christ.
Perhaps Sabbath keeping is best summarized by saying rest (which enables play), is a foreshadowing of the eternal rest Paul writes about in his letter to the Hebrews.1 As Mark Buchanan says: “play hints at a world beyond us” and “when we play we nudge the border of eternity.”2 Abraham Heschel writes: remembering the Sabbath “rehearses heaven” and is a “foretaste of heavenly activity.”3