September 1 Reflections

In Japan, corporate life is so intense there’s actually a word to refer to people dying from overworking: Karoshi: which literally translates to “death by overwork.”
In 2013, 31-year-old journalist Miwa Sado logged 159 hours of overtime in one month at the news network NHK, before dying of heart failure in July 2013. And in 2015, a 24-year-old employee of a car manufacturer jumped to her death after working over 100 hours of overtime in one month.
Work can so easily be misused. It can become “workism” where it not only focuses on production but moves to become the core of one’s identity.  God created us out of love and gave the instructions to work, create, and produce. But in the midst of that he said, “REST.” Take Sabbath for sure one day per week, where you do not produce or work. Where you can take the time to…Stop…Rest…Delight…Contemplate. All to remember who we are and whose we are. We are not God, but we do belong to God who loves us and cares for us deeply. Out of love for us he says, “rest.” I have brought you out of the prison of slavery to sin and death to freedom and life, not to work endlessly trying to earn love, but to rest in my love and mercy. To do that one day per week is set aside. It also works to take 15 minutes to one hour per day to remember. At least one week per year to remember (Vacation).
The Sabbath was not made to create 365 rules of what you can and cannot do, it was created for you to renew and refresh your soul and body. Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, man was not made for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) We are going to think about this on Sunday. Some passages to read and reflect on: Exodus 20:8-11;  Mark 2:23-27 ; Colossians 1:15-20; Matthew 11:28-30.
Grace upon Grace,
Pastor Verlyn