Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 26
July 29, 2019
Scripture tells us after God created, he rested. Now I don’t pretend to know why god would need to rest. Certainly Jesus, in human form needed rest, but why would God, outside of human form, possibly need to rest? It defies my sense of the nature of God to believe that God required a rest. Perhaps he did not need one but rested as an example to humans. Humans, God knew needed rest, showed us by example, and decreed that we all need to take sabbath rest.
Often ministers are tempted to ignore this edict. They assume that if we work a little harder or a little better, our churches shall really thrive, new converts will be added daily, and more people will begin to tithe. We can talk ourselves into believing that it is all up to us and our exaggerated work ethic. There are times when we are tempted to skip our sabbath. It is sad when elders let us do this. Sometimes they ignore our overwork. Other times they praise us for over-working and/or sabbath breaking. This, of course, leads to tired clergy who don’t function at their best. Sabbath is good for us.
My Sabbath has come. Soon I will be leaving on vacation to my cabin. I will be away through Labor Day and will not be blogging during this time. I thank all of you who have been reading my blogs and especially those of you who have commented on them and dialogued with me about them. Not all the comments have been kind and supportive. Some have even been a little rude. Nevertheless, reading my blogs, and commenting, takes time and effort. I consider it a compliment when a person takes such time. Thank you.
Please look for my writings again after Labor Day. Until then, have a blessed summer!
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