In the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) USA and Canada, a Spirit-formed, Christ-centered, Grace-oriented, Sabbath-celebrating, Bible-based group of believers, is there anyone who does not understand the value of rest? Perhaps a better question for us would be, does anyone understand the priority of rest?
Of course, we understand the relevance of the weekly Sabbath and its symbolic representation of our eternal rest in Jesus Christ, our true Sabbath. We understand many of the wonderful things about Sabbath and teach others the same. Yet, we as leaders often use the Sabbath in glorifying God, Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath, and edifying the body of Christ and fail to understand that work does not provide the rest for us our creator intended for us to have. Some of us even feel guilty when we take time to rest at any time other than Sabbath, and not being able to rest on the day of rest simply forego the rest and resume the work.
As leaders, what kind of message are we communicating to those we are leading? Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am resting this Sabbath. I was to do a baptism, but because of social distancing recommendations for the health of others, it is being rescheduled. This article was written earlier in the week during some time I had scheduled on my calendar as unscheduled time. Incidentally, some of you already know this, but if not, be sure to have a full calendar always. AND, be sure that a goodly amount of time is scheduled as unscheduled. I use 20%, the equivalent of one workday a week, as unscheduled time. It allows me to have time for things that would otherwise not be considered for lack of time. So, today I am resting to make up for the use of my unscheduled time that could have been used for rest.
In researching ideas for this Sabbath blog, John Maxwell’s article dated September 3, 2019 provided an insight suitable for this purpose.
He shared a true story of his team and offered the conclusion that rest was investing time to become a better leader. He further illustrated rest provided opportunity for recovery, reflecting, and rekindling. I encourage you to read his article and go rest.