“There has been much debate among Christians about the Sabbath, especially whether the Sabbath should be observed on the seventh day or on the eighth day. The Seventh-day Adventists insist on keeping the Sabbath on the seventh day. Actually, the principle of the Sabbath is not a matter of the day on which it is observed. The principle of the Sabbath is that working with the Lord requires that we learn how to rest with Him.” (Witness Lee, Life-study of Exodus, pp. 1821-1822)
We as New Testament believers need to know what does the Bible say concerning our working with and for God. What is the principle of the Sabbath in our work for God and especially in God’s building? This article is a continuation of the previous sharing on,
Keeping the Principle of the Sabbath by Enjoying the Lord and Resting with Him.
Here are a few verses that really show us what it means to work together with the Lord for His Body, His building, the church.
- Matt. 4:19 – And He said to them, Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Without coming to Him and after Him, we cannot be fishers of men! We need to come to the Lord and be one with Him so that we may do what He does, that is, catch men alive for God’s kingdom!
- 1 Tim 1:4 + 2:4 say, “Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God’s economy, which is in faith.” (coming to the Lord in faith, joined to Him organically) + “Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth.” (we work together with Him to save men). First we are joined to Him, and in this union we have the same desire as our Savior God, to save men!
- John 6:57, As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me. We first need to eat Christ as the living bread that He may become the supplying factor for our living, and then we can live because of Him. Our living is our working: we eat Christ, we live Christ, and we work one with Him.
- John 7:37-38 – here we see that we need to come to the Lord and drink, and then from our innermost being there will be springs of living water flowing out! We first come to the Lord, drink of Him, enjoy Him, and then the work will come organically in His flowing from our innermost being!
- John 15:4, Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. Just abide in the Lord, remain in Him, enjoy Him, and be part of Him – this is the way to bear fruit, that is, to work for God. Apart from Him we can do nothing that builds up the church.
- 1 Cor. 5:8, So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Let us keep the feast by eating Christ, the all-inclusive One, as the solution to all our problems, for the building up of the church.
- 1 Cor. 1:9, God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. God called us not to work for Him but to enjoy Christ, to feast on Christ, and partake of Him! When we enjoy Him, opinion will be gone, division is swallowed up, and we are attuned into the same mind and the same opinion to testify Jesus in one accord!
- 1 Cor. 15:10, But by the grace of God I am what I am; and His grace unto me did not turn out to be in vain, but, on the contrary, I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I but the grace of God which is with me. God in Christ as the Spirit comes to us to be enjoyed by us and be everything for our enjoyment. The more we receive grace, the more we are supplied. We are what we are by the grace of God, and we labor for God – yet not us but the grace, God enjoyed by us!
- Col. 2:19, And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God. We need to hold the Head, love Christ, be one with Christ, enjoy Christ, and the building comes out from the Head. Just enjoy Christ and you will grow in life (growth comes from Him) and build up the church.
- Rev. 2:4, But I have one thing against you, that you have left your first love. God hates it when we leave our first love. We need to love the Lord supremely, love Him with the first love and enjoy Him, and then we will spontaneously do the first works. We will work together with Christ and in Christ for His testimony.
This list contains only SOME of the many verses in the New Testament which clearly show us that we need to keep the principle of the Sabbath by enjoying Christ, loving Him, and being filled with Him, and then we can work together with Him by entering into what He is doing today – one with Him.
Lord, we want to keep the principle of the Sabbath by loving You, enjoying You, and being one with You. You called us into this enjoyment and joint participation in the riches of Christ. We just want to abide in You, remain here, enjoy all that You are, and then work together with You by being in You!