Two Minute Drill - Week of February 25

All Play, No Work?

Some people think being a Christian is code-word for slacking off, not expecting much, being more willing to understand and overlook a shoddy day's work. So although there are plenty of us who lean more toward being workaholics, there are plenty more who need to realize that high expectations don't go flying out the window just because you've been promised eternal life.

Granted—again—the Christian ranks are filled with men who basically ignore God's command to experience a Sabbath rest in their week. They think that taking a break in the action to deliberately quiet themselves in prayer and worship, to refresh and replenish, will just give the others a chance to catch up. Surely a man can do more in seven days than in six.

But too many are taking this rest-and-relaxation routine a little too far. And if one of those men is you—if you'd admit that you're not putting out your maximum effort on the job— notice that in the same Scripture passage where God delivered His directive on Sabbath-keeping, he also stated the obvious counter-balance: "Six days you shall labor and do all your work" (Exodus 20:9).

So before you kick back for another weekend, remember that Ten Commandments-style resting implies you've been doing something all week that needs resting from. Make your Sabbath a great one by giving every other day your very best.

Pray this prayer: Lord, I can pretend my work ethic is something it's not. But help me see myself honestly in this regard—to see where I'm out of balance, one way or the other. 

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