In the short, yet powerful book Do No Work, Andrew Gilmore challenges you to rediscover the fourth of the Ten Commandments. The instruction to both work and rest is the most overlooked of the Decalogue. Lack of understanding and the assumption this commandment doesn’t apply to Christians led to a variety of consequences. Sabbath was replaced by Sunday and numerous sermons on keeping Sunday as holy day. Burnout as widespread mental disease among people that don’t know how to take a rest at all. Work is necessary, but we were not made to work nonstop. We need to rest in order to stay productive in the long run. God wants us – for one day – to take our minds off of money and focus on eternal things. What’s the greater purpose in your life? Gilmore argues that considering one day as holy for the Lord, comes down to tithing. It’s not about doing nothing, but remembering God’s creation and the seventh day He himself took to rest and be satisfied about what He had created. Rest avoids depletion.
The author avoids becoming legalistic himself. Just as the New Testament teaches: the secret is not in specific days. There is nothing magical about Saturday or Sunday. If your are going to observe the “Sabbath”, do it for the Lord, since He is your judge, not man. Judiazing is at the doorstep of every church or group believers. Just as we simply don’t observe all Levitical laws, we cannot just pick and choose what best serves our convictions. The Sabbath is a metaphor for heaven where we will have eternal rest. And just with other Christian disciplines, we should start practicing while here on earth.
About the author
Andrew was born and raised in the church, including a five year stretch during which his father also served as his pastor. Andrew earned a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he and his wife and four kids currently reside. He writes weekly on his website at AndrewGilmore.net.