God’s intention since the creation of the world is that one day a week should be set aside for rest and worship. The person who works seven days a week is cheating himself or herself out of this opportunity and frustrating the worthy goals to which his or her work is directed. For most Christians, Sunday is observed as that day of rest.

Some people must work on Sunday, however: hospital staff, ministers, military personnel, and emergency repair workers, to name a few. Jesus taught that out devotion to Sunday rest should not be slavish and nitpicking, as the Pharisees had made it, but free and joyous (Matthew 12:1-14). When Sunday work is required, the Christian should set aside some other day for rest and meditation.

In a secular culture where worship is, at best, an afterthought or casual ritual, one must guard against the encroachment of recreation and other worthwhile pursuits as substitutes for worship. That encroachment in America is most frequently encountered in organized sports, professional and amateur.

EXODUS 20:8-10 – Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

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