According to what I heard on the news this morning, Chick-fil-A has a restaurant inside the stadium in Atlanta where the Super Bowl will be played. They are not going to open on that Sunday, even for the Super Bowl.
Can you imagine how much money they would make on that Sunday?!?
Wouldn’t it be easy to justify just this one time to open for…wait for it…THE SUPER BOWL?
The Bible does not tell us that Sunday is the Christian “Sabbath Day,” so we need to state that right up front. However, there are principles in the Bible that tell us that we need to stop, honor God and have right priorities.
We can look back at the Old Testament regarding the Sabbath and learn something about what God was wanting. Jesus commented that the Sabbath was made for man. He, as the chief engineer of the universe, knows that man, animals, and land need rest.
What we see happening is that man did not trust God in that law (or in any other law for that matter). They saw the 7th day as a wasted day. It would be an another opportunity to get things done, make money and be more productive. What ended up happening is that they became less productive and most importantly they fell away from God. The priorities of the world began to choke them.
Take a minute to read about Nehemiah’s aggressive persistence in helping the people keep the Sabbath.
In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them on the day when they sold food. Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in Jerusalem itself! Then I confronted the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Now you are bringing more wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” As soon as it began to grow dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the Sabbath. And I stationed some of my servants at the gates, that no load might be brought in on the Sabbath day. Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. But I warned them and said to them, “Why do you lodge outside the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you.” From that time on they did not come on the Sabbath. Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.
Again, we do not have a law from God saying that we need to shut down everything on Sunday. But what if Christians were more mindful of giving more time to God just on Sunday? Are we more focused on the almighty dollar or on the Almighty God? Are we continuing to press, press, press to get all our things done to the point that we don’t have time to rest?
And he (Jesus) said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
So, take a lesson from Chick-fil-A today. Think about how much you are working and pressing. You know the world won’t end if we shut down a little bit and rest. That’s especially for me, but I’m sure many others need to think about it.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.