Sabbath - Habit #2 in Love Matures: Copying Jesus in the Habits of Renewal

February 7, 2021 Speaker: Joel Scott Series: Love Matures

Topic: Love Matures Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:8, John 3:16, John 20:30–31, Romans 10:9, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1, Matthew 11:28–30, Luke 5:12–16

  1. Keep Reading Scripture

Feb. 8-12       Mark 1-5

Feb. 15-19     Mark 6-10

Feb. 22-26     Mark 11-16

  1. What would it take to satisfy desire?  EVERYTHING!  – Thomas Aquinas
  2. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  Ecclesiastes 1:8
  3. Humanity lives with a chronic condition of unsatisfied desire. Human desire is infinite because we are made to live with God in this world forever. Forever gives you a chance to experience everything. Yet at this time, we are limited.  – John Mark Comer
  4. So what should you do?

Buddhism   →    detach from desire 

Most people →  keep experiencing! 

  1. We are made for God, and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in thee.  Augustine, Confessions
  2. Desire is infinite partly because we were made by God, made for God, made to need God, and made to run on God. We can be satisfied only by the one who is infinite, eternal and able to supply our needs. We are only at home in God. When we fall away from God, the desire for infinite remains. But it is displaced upon things that will certainly lead to destruction. The default setting of the human condition post Eden is not atheism, but idolatry. To aim our desire not at God, but to aim it at whatever our desire of choice might be. – Dallas Willard
  3. We have become perhaps the most emotionally exhausted, psychologically overworked, spiritually malnourished, people the world has ever known. – John Mark Comer
  4. Read Matthew 11:28-30
  5. The Cost Restlessness:  Without lots of real rest we cannot be the kind of people who treat our children with kindness, weather disappointment, or even wait in a long line at the grocery store without getting frustrated.
  6. Do you view rest and having margin as essential to the way of Jesus? 
  7. Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.  – Eugene Peterson, Matthew 11:28-30
  8. Read Luke 5:12-16
  9. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
  10. In the incarnation, Jesus dwelled with us to show us the glory of God and to enter into the brutality of humanity. The humanity of Jesus wasn't merely a mask to hide his divine identity. Jesus was truly human, with chapped lips, childhood friends, and the occasional need of an afternoon nap. Jesus' humanity was full and gritty. Splinters pierced his skin during his carpentry work long before nails pierced his flesh during his work on the cross. Before the glory of the resurrection, Jesus rose from bed nearly 12,000 times, rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, and stepped into the mundane rhythms of humanity working and playing, learning and teaching, laughing and crying. He's the God who multiplied fish for the nations — he was also the human with tilapia in his teeth.     Symphony of Mission, Mullins & Goheen
  11. Sabbath has been largely forgotten by the church. It’s not that we don’t love God. We love him deeply. We just don’t know how to sit with him.  AJ Swoboda
  12. Margin-less is being 30 minutes late to the Dr.'s office because you were 20 minutes late out of the hairdresser's because you were 10 minutes late dropping the children off at school because the car ran out of gas 2 blocks from the gas station - and you forgot your purse. Margin, on the other hand, is having breath left at the top of the staircase, money left at the end of the month, and sanity left at the end of (your children’s) adolescence.  Dr. Richard Swensen
  13. Restfulness is (rather than):

Margin Busyness 

Slow Hurry

Quiet Noise 

Deep Relationships    Isolation

Delight Distraction 

Enjoyment Envy

Gratitude Greed

Contentment      Discontentment 

From Love For Love 

Trust in God Anxiety

  1. Four Invitations of Sabbath
    1. Stop

Sabbath means quit. Stop. Take a break. Cool it. The word itself has nothing devout or holy in it. It is a word about time, denoting our nonuse of it, what we usually call wasting time.  Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson

  1. Rest

What is your alternative to work? Is it rest, or is it a different kind of work: work around the house or in the yard? Is it doing finances? Cleaning the house? Can you ever stop production and let down? Honestly where does rest fit in? Rest is a radical thing in our day and age. It reminds us that we are human beings, not human doings. We are meant to live sane lives that partake of a deep and playful holy leisure. There is enough time in each day and week for all that God requires of us. And part of what he requires is rest.  Adele Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

  1. Delight
  • Curl up by the fireplace or AC
  • Go for a hike
  • Take a catnap
  • Call someone you love
  • Eat your favorite foods
  • Go on a picnic & notice the wind
  • Make love to your spouse 
  1. Worship

Truly, my soul finds rest in God.  Psalm 62:1a