“Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:9-10). It was a command of the Lord to rest and not do any work on the 7th day. It was designed to keep people centered in God, on God’s love, and in so doing to refresh their souls. But as with anything truly good, we managed to program and systemize it in such a way that the day of rest actually become a burden.
Here Jesus reminds us that “sabbath” (a Hebrew word that can be literally translated as “stop” or “cease”) is not a religious command as much as a spiritual necessity. That’s why it was commanded! It was commanded as the Israelites had come out of generations of slavery. They couldn’t conceive of a day of rest. So God commanded it, because God knows that sometimes we just need to stop. It is designed to refresh us, not burden us. So if it’s a burden… it’s not sabbath. Sabbath (that is, rest from our daily routine) is vital to our spiritual, physical and emotional health.
So, for today’s episode in the Gospel of Mark, I’ve chosen to go back to something I wrote years ago called “Time”:
We’ve all heard it said that time is money. Well if this is so, then why is that we when we’re doing nothing we say we’re wasting time? If I’m doing nothing with money, if I’m not using it, we would say I’m saving it. So why isn’t it that way with time? When we’re doing nothing with our time we say we’re wasting it. Nooooo. That’s not right. That’s saving time. That’s taking time by the horns and saying “you’re mine”.
Have you ever thought about how much time you waste by doing? No one has an excess of time, you know. It’s not like some people are given more than others. We’re all given 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour. No one can change that. So how can we say that some have more time? It’s your time, you know. Just like a financial adviser would tell you that you need to get control of your finances so that they don’t control you, I say get control of your time so that it doesn’t get control of you.
Stop spending it. Save some. Put some in the bank and do nothing with it. It’s okay, you can do it. God even commanded it. Seriously, check it out. So take some time and do nothing with it. If some one says, “hey, what are you doing?”, you can say “nothing”.
“Nothing, really? Well than come on over and help me do….”
“No, no, I’m sorry. You don’t understand. I’m doing nothing. That’s what I’m doing.”
“So you’re just wasting time?”
“Nope. Saving it.”
So save some time today. Do nothing. Quit spending more than you have, because one day hard times will hit. The Time Market will crash and you’ll wish you had some saved up.