Rest is such an important issue for the people of God. If you’re reading this magazine, then you are probably already the type of person who works hard, accomplishes much, and wants to honor God in all of it.
Because of that, my encouragement to you probably will probably never need to be “Don’t be lazy” which is all over the Scriptures. But instead, we must emphasize taking rest.
In Hebrews 4:9-11, the author said this:
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
As we run our businesses, we must remember that rest is commanded of us. If we do not experience rest, then we do not fully honor God in our work.
Granted, our greatest rest (as implied in the Hebrews passage above) is that which we receive through obedient faith in Christ – our sins are forgiven! And one day, when He returns, the rest we experience after the Resurrection will be the culmination of all the rest which has been promised to us.
But we must remember that while we wait, we must work AND we must rest.If we do not #rest, then we do not fully honor #God in our #work. Click To Tweet
Rest by Taking a Sabbath Day
No, we as the church are no longer required to make Saturday a Sabbath day (see verse 8 of these 10 Commandments) in which we would be punished for working on it.
But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the principle.
Set aside one day per week. Don’t plan anything. Make the time about honoring God through rest.
Rest by Cutting Off the Amount of Contact to You
One of the bosses I’ve had in my lifetime did something pretty ballsy.
It started off as a putting up buffers between him and phone calls. So me and the rest of the management team would be the ones to field phone calls.
But it still didn’t work 100%.
So he ditched his smartphone and went medieval. Flip-phone. Changed his number. No texting. No email. No internet. Not even Wi-Fi.
So now, only a select few even know his number and this small group is not allowed to tell anyone.
Now, he actually gets to relax when he’s at home or otherwise away from the office.
Does anyone beside me think they should take lessons from this genius?
Rest by Going Tech-Free on Vacation
So give yourself some actual time off. Put the phone away. Sure, use it for GPS and emergencies (we’re not savages, after all), but otherwise, go tech-free.
You’ll be able to enjoy the destination more. You’ll be able to enjoy the people around you more, whether it’s friends or family.
And you’ll be able to honor God more when you come back to work rejuvenated.Give yourself some actual time off. Put the phone away. #sabbath #vacation Click To Tweet
Rest by Taking a Sabbatical
This is a relatively new trend outside of the religious world. But more and more companies are beginning to invest in their employees to do this.
A sabbatical is taking some time off (maybe 2 or 6 months every few years) and using that time to pursue some kind of personal interest or community service.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to start painting. Or you finally get the opportunity to start mentoring inner-city adolescents. Or after all this time, get started on that novel.
Whatever the thing is, you’re provided with time to do something you’re passionate about. And in the mean time, you can rest from the daily grind.
Businesses are beginning to see the value in it because when the employees come back, they’re rejuvenated with energy, filled with creativity, and inspired to make even more positive changes.
It’s really a win-win situation for those companies that invest in sabbaticals for their staff.
Rest by Getting Good Sleep
The health benefits for consistent, quality sleep are amazing. Scientifically, we know this.
But the Bible reinforces this, explaining that sleep is a gift from God. Ecclesiastes says, “The sleep of a laborer is sweet…”
Get good sleep.
Rest by Setting up a Quality Management Team
That same boss who went all flip phone (who is also the owner of the business), is the same guy who spent 4 years building his business, then finding a solid manager and teaching him everything.
Then once that manager learned it all, he took his hands off of the thing.
I barely see him now.
Yes, I see him at weekly management meetings, and he’s in the middle of an expansion project due in 2017 and he makes sure to present for major guidance, but he’s largely got his hands out of the pot.
He’s taking much needed rest after a tumultuous 4 years building everything. And I’m glad for him. Not only has he earned it, but that rest honors God.
Remember these words from the wise King Solomon:
“That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.”
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