DAY THIRTY

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NO LONGER SLAVES

By Dave Adamson

Life is a blur sometimes. We’re always moving from one thing to the next, juggling appointments, climbing the ladder, meeting deadlines, pressing forward. 

Have you ever noticed that whenever the disciples were telling Jesus to keep the momentum going his ministry, he instead withdrew and spent time with his Father to remind himself of who he was. We need to do the same. If we’re going to follow in the steps of Jesus … we have to follow in the stops of Jesus too. 

We all know the Bible says we need to stop and rest once a week. It’s called the Sabbath, but it’s not just about rest—it’s about identity too. When God’s people were held captive in Egypt for 400 years, they never rested because they were slaves. When God freed them, He gave them the Sabbath as a reminder that with Him, they were free. Sabbath is not just about rest … it’s about identity. 

When our identity comes from our titles and achievements, we’ve become slaves again. We don’t just need a sabbath from work … but from the way we define ourselves. When we find ourselves using phrases like: “I’m busy”, “I’m stressed”, “I’m under the pump,” or “I’m flat out,” we’re defining ourselves by our circumstance and we’re once again slaves to our work or our schedule. 

Do you need rest this week from the things that keep you in bondage? Do you need rest from titles, from achievements, from guilt? Do you need rest from anxiety, worry, fear, jealousy, anger and comparison? Perhaps you need a day of rest to be reminded that you are free! 

Read: "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." — Mark 6:31

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