FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART
The Sense of the Call
God created the world in six days, rested on the seventh day and set apart that day as holy. This is the beginning of the Sabbath day. If it took seven days for God’s perfect creation, what exactly did He create on the seventh day? Let’s ponder, if the seventh day was the climax of God’s creation, what then is that climax? The answer is in relationship. Man gets his rest in God (Matthew 11:28), and builds an intimate relationship with Him. (Note: At the end of God’s creation each day, the scriptures would end with the phrase “And there was evening, and there was morning …”, which implies that rest marks the beginning of each day.)
Recently, I read a book written by Marva Dawn, with the title “The Sense of the Call” and subtitle “A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World”. Every nation has her own characteristics, and God’s kingdom is symbolized by rest. This rest is made up of four aspects, i.e. rest, stopping, celebration and embrace. Marva highlighted that, if we practise these four aspects of rest, we will reclaim God’s dominion over the nations, and we ourselves will be revived and refreshed.
- The practice of rest: Enter into the full rest found in God’s presence, and receive a renewal of strength by grace through prayer.
- The practice of stopping: Take a pause from our busy schedules, stop listening to the voice of the world, and focus on God’s priorities.
- The practice of celebration: At both the personal and corporate levels, let’s celebrate Christ’s victory over suffering and death for us, and receive a foretaste of the great joy that will come at the end.
- The practice of embrace: Rest in God’s perfect provision; learn to embrace others, embrace suffering and embrace God’s calling.
Sunday, the first day of the week, is the Lord’s Day and Sabbath for Christians. We worship God, we rest in His presence, allowing Him to reign in our life and to build a deeper relationship with us. As we grow in intimacy with God, let’s extend that relationship to our loved ones, for example, we could take our loved ones on a nature walk in a park, to admire God’s amazing creation in the great nature together, and to build a closer relationship with them. At the same time, let’s seek rest on a daily basis and enter into each day with rest, allowing rest to change our own life and that of others.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms 46:10)
Rev Herman Kan