“Practice unproductivity,” what?! The phrase, especially outside of DC, sounds almost heretical. You probably cringed when you read it and you’re probably tempted to stop reading.
It’s important to realize, when I say, “practice unproductiveness” that I’m not saying binge YouTube, play candy crush, or Fortnight. Please don’t do any of those things. I’m actually talking about Sabbath rest…
Sacrifice and Sabbath Rest
Aren’t we supposed to be living sacrifices? Isn’t that what Romans 12:1 says?
Living sacrifices don’t spend their time sitting around eating bonbons. They die. They give themselves away.
Charles Spurgeon essentially worked himself into the grave. And the Apostle Paul was absolutely willing to spend and be spent for the sake of the gospel.
So, what does the Bible say? Sacrifice or Sabbath rest?
The Bible repeatedly says we are to give our lives away. We are to “spend and be spent,” but we are also called to rest. And the truth is if we rest as we are called to we will still have plenty of opportunities to spend ourselves for the Lord and die. We will actually be in a better position to do just that…
Reasons for Rest
Over the next couple of days, we will look at self-sufficiency and rest, the command to rest, who gives us rest, our need for work and rest, and how to rest.