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Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on Work After The Fall. Are the thorns and thistles punishment or therapy for our sin problem? Does your work draw you closer to the Lord?
This week we will focus on Work & Rest. How important is rest from your work?
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day, having finished his task, God rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from his work of creation. Genesis 2:1-3 NLT The Creator upon finishing His task, took a day of rest. Do you take a day of rest each week?
“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. Exodus 20: 8-11 NLT The 10 Commandments made it clear, we are to take a day of rest and set it apart as holy. Do you set your day of rest apart as holy? By resting from your normal work one day a week, do you think your productivity will go up or down?
Years ago we had Blue Laws, businesses were closed on Sundays. A few like Chick-fil-A still do, but most don’t. I have copied a Fact Sheet at the bottom of this email that explains Chick-fil-A’s Closed-on-Sunday Policy. Does what they state make a good business policy?
One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grain fields, his disciples began breaking off heads of wheat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “They shouldn’t be doing that! It’s against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” But Jesus replied, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what King David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God (during the days when Abiathar was high priest), ate the special bread reserved for the priests alone, and then gave some to his companions. That was breaking the law, too.” Mark 2:23-26 NLT How does Jesus teaching impact your position on the Sabbath?
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made to benefit people, and not people to benefit the Sabbath. And I, the Son of Man, am master even of the Sabbath!” Mark 2:27-28 NLT Jesus makes it clear, the purpose of the Commandment to have a day of rest is for our benefit. Are you having a day of rest from your normal work? Is it a holy day?
Bit of Wisdom
For all who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors, just as God rested after creating the world. Hebrews 4:10 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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