- My family
- My church
Every week, I do my very best to spend my day off with my family - I need this time with them. They need that time with me. But the expectation is that I spend six days working. I ask again, when does a ministry professional get Sabbath rest?
I wrote a while back about pastor expectations, and I believe that Sabbath rest should be an expectation for every pastor. We need to demand this, and our churches need to demand this of us. Part of this is because when we neglect Sabbath, we are ultimately setting ourselves up as gods. Think about it. What is it that we are saying when you say, "I need to work 60 (or more) hours a week"? We're saying that we have lots of work to do (true), but generally that also means that we are the only ones who can do it.
That's just not true. In fact, it's a sinful way of thinking.
It sets into motion a system that necessarily neglects God's input and pedestalizes the clergyperson in God's place. If we believe that through God, all things are possible; if we believe that God chose to show His glory by culling Gideon's army down to (less than) the bare minimum, and still giving them victory; if we believe that God created everything with a Word (in seven days, literal or not), then can't God do His work through us in a five day work week?