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Beyond Sunday: Sorry, We’re Close!

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There are two businesses that close on Sunday despite their popularity. These stores are Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A.

Hobby Lobby is an art & craft store. It aligns with stores like Micheal’s and A C Moore. Then you have Chick-Fil-A. Chick-Fil-A makes a living providing the utmost customer service. And puts money into a marketing campaign that uses cows to sell their products.

Hobby Lobby averages $3.7 billion in sales. And Chick-Fil-A generates roughly $500 million in annual sales. These annual sales are something to “chew” on. Considering the fact that these sales is based on a six days a week work schedule.

When I think about these two unique industry… they both made a decision to “rest “on Sundays.

This concept got me to thinking… why are we not putting up “our” Sorry, We’re Close sign. Why are many of us going full steam ahead? What are the distractions that take us away from “rest” on Sundays?

Let’s thumb through the “manual”, better known as the Bible… to remind us of His plan for living.

Exodus 31:15

For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.

I know, you’re thinking. “These words are rather strong.” But, if God told people just like you and me over 2000 years ago to abide by this principle. Why are we not complying?

There is a mirage of excuses that you can think of. And I know one of them is that the times has changed since the bible was written. Yet, one of the main constant of the Bible is that its words are the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.

Even working in a ministry at church is still considered work…

“Say, what now!” Yes, this is true. Especially, if the act of “participating” in the ministry becomes legalistic than a service to God. The definition of legalistic is to earn God’s love by performing religious tasks.

Remember, distractions can be disguised as God’s work too.

In closing, I would like to leave you with a few things to meditate on as you put up your “Sorry, We’re Close” sign to start living the principle of Exodus 31:15.

Promise # 1

Hebrews 4:1 “Therefore, while the promise to enter His rest remains, let us fear that none of you should miss it.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Promise # 2

Hebrews 4:10 “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” (NIV)

Promise # 3

Isaiah 32:18 “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” (NIV)

If Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A. Who are multi-million and billion companies benefit from the principle of “rest”. Why should we allow them to have all the fun.

Until next time…