Time for the Most Important Relationship (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #6)

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Time for the Most Important Relationship (What the Sabbath Means to Me, #6)

I once heard it said that time is the only thing we have between life and death. Time is valuable, and how we spend it makes all the difference. We have many different things that compete for our time, and most of them are important. We need time to work, time to play, time to love, time to learn, time to take, time to give, time to be happy, time to be sad. As King Solomon puts it, there is a time for everything.

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey talks about what he calls “quadrant two activities.” These are activities that are important but not urgent, such as studying for a test, spending time with your children, or doing your taxes. He observes that we usually put these activities off until they become “quadrant one activities,” which are both urgent and important (also known as emergencies). If forsaken, quadrant two activities became quadrant one activities. Covey found that the most effective people completed quadrant two activities on a regular basis.

It is my opinion that one of the most important quadrant two activities in life is cultivating relationships with those around us. When we look back over our lives, we tend to remember those times that involve interacting with other people the most. I am talking about weddings, funerals, graduations, the birth of children, baptisms, and birthdays. These times are what bind us to people, help us learn more from people, and make living life worthwhile.

This is why the Sabbath is so important to me. It gives me time to cultivate the most important relationship with the most important Person in my life. It gives me twenty-four hours a week to invest in my relationship with my God. It gives me twenty-four hours a week to learn, laugh, walk, talk, pray, fast, seek, and experience my God. It is not that I could not do this on other days of week, but as I noted earlier, so many other things compete for my time as well. The cool part is that my God has set aside a special time for just the two of us. It is our personal date night (or should I say date day).

Our relationship with Jesus is vital to our growth, faith and salvation. In John 15, Jesus tells us he is the vine, and we are the branches; the only way to produce fruit is by abiding in Him. The Sabbath gives me time to abide in Jesus. The Sabbath gives me time to build my faith by: (1) performing activities such as casting all my anxieties on him through prayer (1 Peter 5:7), (2) reading about how he has come through for others in the Bible, and (3) listening to the testimonies of other believers. The Sabbath gives me time to know God in an intimate way, so that when the judgment comes, I won’t hear Him say, “I do not know you.”

It is ultimately our relationship with Jesus that renders us fit for the kingdom of heaven. The most important task a Christian needs to accomplish between life and death is being conformed to the image of Christ. A task this important necessitates a set amount of time carved out to accomplish it. Thank God for the Sabbath!

In Revelation 3:20 Jesus tells the church of Laodicea, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” I believe that invitation is for all of us and is open to us at all times, especially on Fridays around sunset.

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Sherman Coleman

Sherman Coleman was baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church back in 2014, after being a minister at a Baptist church. He graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine as a naturopathic doctor, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ, with his wife Sasha. He enjoys doing small group bible studies, reading, and watching anything sports-related.