“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8
The purpose of keeping one day out of seven set apart unto the Lord was to rest and devote time to worship the Lord. God set this day apart for mankind because of man’s propensity to work, work, work! The word ‘Sabbath’ is derived from “to rest or to cease from work.”
For centuries, the church esteemed this 4th of the 10 Commandments. But in a brief period of less than 50 years, the church, as well as the rest of the world, have unfortunately abandoned the time honored observance and have assumed a whole new life style of self-indulgence and parsimonious behavior.
Worship is to be an integral part of that one day a week that is to be unlike the other six. Dressing up and going to church on Sundays has been replaced by activities such as: soccer games, sporting events of all kinds, barbecues or parking lot pre-game tail-gate parties, golf matches, Sunday brunches, and the list can go on and on. But to seek the Lord, while He may be found, well, that’s just out of the question. It appears that to many people, the “holy day” has taken a “holiday”.
Which brings us to the holiday season that is rushing upon us. First we have Thanksgiving…..a time to give God thanks for the manifold blessings which He has given to us throughout the past year. This is followed, of course, with the wonderful season of Christmas wherein we commemorate the birth of the Savior. We call these “holidays” because they are to be “holy days”. Ah, but the majority of people see nothing holy about them whatsoever. Thanksgiving is followed by the crazed commercial driven “Black Friday” Sales Events. Whoop dee doo! And Christmas is for many nothing more than a memorial to selfish desires and pagan figures that have not a thing to do with the true meaning of the Christmas “holy day” (holiday).
So what is it to you? Has the holy days taken a holiday? Have you allowed yourself to be caught up in “god-NFL? (Too many display much greater reverence to their favorite NFL football team than to the Lord and keeping the Sabbath day holy.) And what about Thanksgiving and Christmas? Will you purpose in your heart to truly give thanks to God this Thanksgiving, and to honor Christ this Christmas? Don’t allow these holy days to take a holiday.