January 2008

Sundays

Sunday is God's Day. What do you do on Sundays? That question used to be simple to answer, but today's society offers a vast array of options but also requires more from families. So how do families decide how to spend their Sundays?

The Bible gives some guidelines for Christian families to use. The first guideline is to rest. Genesis says "God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done." (Gen. 2: 2-3) Hebrews talks about a "Sabbath-rest for the people of God." (Heb. 4:9)

Sunday is also the day for Christian families to set aside to worship God. Part of worshipping God includes fellowship with other Christians. Col. 3: 16 says to "teach and correct each other wisely. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs." Acts 13 describes how Paul went to the Jewish synagogue as usual and spoke about Jesus. People were so excited by his words, they asked Paul to speak again the next Sabbath day.

The third guideline for how to spend Sunday comes from Jesus himself. On the Sabbath once, Jesus saw a man in the synagogue with a deformed hand. Jesus healed the man and told everyone, "It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." (Matthew 12: 1-13) Helping others is a great way to spend a Sunday as a family.

What your family chooses to do on Sundays is your family's decision. When you are deciding, remember that the Bible says Sundays are best used for rest, worship, and service. Happy Sunday!

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