5. Develop Sabbath Humility
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Give glory to God. Jesus set the example. He pointed away from himself to what God has done for you. When you say, like John the Baptist, “he must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30), you don’t give up identity and worth—you become an heir to the kingdom of God. Paul wrote “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
We often think of humility as self-denial, but every statement that starts with “self,” good or bad, takes something away from our rest: self-loathing; self-esteem; self-assurance; self-denial; self-control. Even this last one “can only be accomplished by the power of the Lord” according to Strong’s Greek Concordance. Everything that starts with “self” focuses on traits we fight to overcome or maintain, usually in our own strength. God invites us to allow the Spirit to transform us into the people he wants us to be; the children of God. He does the work if we let him.
It’s restful to know that I am loved no more and no less than the most successful, attractive, talented people in the world and this never changes. God doesn’t love me for qualities our culture prizes. He doesn’t reject me when I don’t meet cultural standards of success and beauty. My core value comes from being an Image Bearer.
Rest, however, is not Sabbath unless God gets the glory. The only difference between me and my unbelieving neighbor is that I accepted the invitation. I’m not worthy: Christ is worthy. The command to observe Sabbath is a command to acknowledge that God meets my needs, that safety and value come from him. This is faith, pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6), and I feel especially rested when I know he is pleased.
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