Thursday, February 07, 2013

Short devotion: Sunday Blessings - Exodus 20:8

Exodus 20:8  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

            Setting aside a Sunday for worshiping is becoming harder for post-modern people. We try to cram in as much as we can each weekend, especially when our families are young. We want to have wonderful times together, sports to experience, and places to go. Every year, we get busier and lose the positive impact that keeping a Sabbath can bring. We are not meant to be hurrying here, there, and everywhere; we are created to enjoy God’s wonderful works and to praise Him for Life itself.

            Some people think that Sundays were set up by the Roman emperor Constantine as a means of controlling the masses of folks all over his domain, but Christians had actually been meeting for worship on Sundays for two centuries before Constantine was born. Early on Sunday mornings, followers of Jesus met together to re-experience the very First Easter. Christ’s Resurrection was celebrated and the people basked in the blessings that God bestowed upon them through Jesus. Their worship centered upon their faith in the Easter Story – that Jesus had died for their sins and that God had raised Him from the dead.

            I wish that people would make Sunday morning worship a priority in their lives, not because I want them to be strictly religious but because of the wonderful blessings that can be experienced when we give of ourselves to God by devoting that sacred time to Him. Each Sunday in church brings to each of us an opportunity for increasing our faith, expanding our knowledge, and deepening our relationship. And, at the end of our lives, when everything is said, done, and experienced, it is only our relationship with God through Christ that will survive.

Questions for personal reflection

What does Sunday mean to me? How do I put God at the center of that sacred day?

Prayer:            Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Living Son of God, who died for our sins and rose again to be eternally with Your Father in Heaven. We have been blessed by Your obedience and saved by Your sacrifice. Help us and encourage us to honor You on Sundays by worshipping You alongside of Your people, just like the First Christians. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment or ask a question of this message, please send him an email to

Today’s image is one of John’s latest psalm drawings. It’s a Messianic interpretation of a verse from Psalm 132. If you would like to view a larger version, please click on the following link:

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