It's got to be tight in there.
Hot, stuffy, cramped.
In the box.
I was infatuated with that as a child. The little clown was stuffed in a musical box and I would eventually allow him out.
He would pop out with such joy and excitement.
You'd be surprised.
The box we may have chosen is much larger, less physically confining...
...but a box nonetheless.
It's restrictive, and the sad part is that it is predominantly self imposed.
God hasn't designed it that way, but we often credit Him with the patent.
Listen to Jesus here:
Mark 2:27 (Amplified Bible)
"And Jesus said to them, The Sabbath was made on account and for the sake of man, not man for the Sabbath."
I happen to think that Jesus wasn't JUST talking about the Sabbath day here, but of everything man does associated with his relationship with God that self imposes him to doing things in one religious fashion.
In the box.
Think of how many millions of people all over the world drag themselves off to church on a Sunday thinking that it HAS to be Sunday, when in all actuality Jesus taught the complete opposite.
I'm not arguing against church, I'm arguing against that we think it has to be done one particular, stringent, unchanging way.
Jesus instructed that the Sabbath day was important, but that it was created as a time where man could take time to worship and praise God without restriction from other encumbrances, particularly religious ones (which is really what He is addressing here).
If you're really a true disciple of Christ, every day becomes a special day of honor to God anyway.
One "day" a week we should gather together and share that with each other.
You have seven. Pick one.
Let's stop all forms of religious constriction of any type.
Let's put the Sabbath day, and any other function we do in the name of Jesus to work for us, not against us.
Jesus said it was made for our good use, not the other way around.
One way is freedom, the other is confinement.
Be blessed today in all you do.
This may be my last message for a few days until I see how well I do with one hand for awhile.
I am praying for you every day!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><