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Rhythms and Freedom to Know Christ: an explanation of why we rest.

By Micah Landers

We celebrate Shabbat every week.

We don’t want to call unclean what the Lord has made clean (Acts 10). We don’t want to attempt to circumcise our flesh (Act 15). We attempt to live as households that are centered on the Kingdom, so that our families exist as the church and are continually coming together with one another in various settings.

Dinner time!

Sometimes we spill over onto a couple of extra tables, and even the couches...

That being said, we look at the Old Testament and when we realize the full context of both Biblical and outside Jewish traditions, we can often see some really striking ways to learn and grow. So we don’t look for things to bind anyone by, but we see that our families and community can flourish when we incorporate intentional rhythms.

God designed man to require rest, but it is a requirement that he is eager for us to enjoy. I think most people would honestly find a way around resting if they were able, and often people go for years without truly experiencing rest. When He formed the order of the planet, God exemplified a rest in His schedule. He worked 6 days, then He rested. We believe that really intentional daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and yearly or even multi-yearly rhythms are really beneficial in keeping us on track with who God is claiming to be in this world and in our lives. So we all try to build some individual household rhythms, and do our best to maintain them.

Often times freedom in Christ translates into making goofy faces.

According to Jewish tradition, you work hard 6 days a week, then you spend one day devoted to recognizing the big scheme, who God is and who you are in relation, resetting with resting involved in that knowledge. We find this extremely relevant to humanity regardless of who you are, and so we are really consistent about imparting it in our own lives. This looks different a lot of the time, but usually some households are hosting other people into their homes on Saturday night for what is basically a pot-luck meal, followed by whatever kind of chilling we decided to do together afterwards. It is not Kosher whatsoever, because we are a free people! We aren’t trying to follow a rule or system, we are trying to keep focusing on recognizing that we were designed with rest and reflection in mind.

I personally also like to emphasis this meal as an expectant foreshadowing of the wedding feast to come when the King returns for his Bride. We will experience truly magnificent things through his design and in His presence, and we should be training our hearts to truly recognize how valuable these will be. We should be learning to long for the promised experiences of the future.

There is a really freeing experience when we as the church decide to set up our lives with intentional, personalized rhythms that connect us individually with God, unify our families within, and equip and propel our family outward toward others in the community of the body of Christ.

Editorial Note – My great friend and fellow rhythmic rester Chris Kubik had these thoughts.

“One thing I know my wife would highlight is the need for our families to also be focused outward in the community that is not the body of Christ. This is where Jesus’ attention was. This is where Jesus’ bride sleeps. We are being equip to wake her up.”

I whole heartedly agree. Two or three times as I was originally writing this, I almost began to mention how great a simple meal like this is for inviting anyone to become involved. We want to make the Shabbat meal in particular a place were anyone can come, and we often have friends there who have no religious background or love for Christ. That is most definitely the way that Christ decided to eat most of his meals, and it’s beautiful to do likewise.
Thanks mucho, Christopher.

Micah and Lisa Landers live on Bluegrass St. in Fort Thomas, KY with their newborn daughter Norah and hyperactive dog Zeus. Micah is a deep thinker, voracious reader, and fellow believer that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion is the closest thing to Scripture mortal man has ever written. To learn more about Shabbat rhythms checkout our recent Shabbat Activation.