“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s Will is—His good, pleasing and perfect Will.”
The Sabbath is the most important day of the week. It is the day when we meet and become one with God and the Lord. Sunday service is the condition upon which we come before God. By attending service, we offer glory and thanksgiving to the Trinity, but if we forgo service, our relationship with God crumbles and we grow distant. This is because it’s through service that we hear the Word and come to know God.
How should we offer service?
John 4:23-24 tells us how we should offer service:
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
We mustn’t attend service just out of formality or habit, but rather we should go to renew ourselves and give glory and thanksgiving to God. Furthermore, the level of service should be raised each week, starting with renewing our hearts and minds about what service means. Attending service is the foundation for everything; it is the condition we set before God.
What does it mean to “worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23)?
We become closer to God by attending service and hearing the Word of the one sent by God—the Messiah. The Messiah is the most spiritual person; he is the one who delivers God’s Truth through the Word. But since God is spirit, we cannot go to Him directly. We can only go to God by centering on the Messiah; without him, there is no path to salvation. Hence, if we center on the Lord and become one with him on the day of the Sabbath, then we are able to connect with God.
Keeping the Sabbath
Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters”. Therefore, by not keeping God’s time of service, we are spending that time with Satan, and it’s considered a sin. We need to make our bodies and hearts clean before God and give Him our absolute love and dedication through service. We do this by emptying out our own thoughts before service so that we can fill our brains with the Lord’s mentality and Word.
If we don’t spend time with God on the Sabbath, we fill that time doing things such as eating, sleeping, and resting after partying on Friday and Saturday. If we always do other things on the Sabbath, we create the circumstances to always ‘be busy’ on Sundays. We must remember that when life comes to an end, we won’t be able to take anything physical with us. We have to live for our spirits by doing spiritual deeds while we are alive in the body.
A key secret to keeping the Sabbath is to pray beforehand. We must pray to God that nothing prevents us from attending service. Sometimes things come up such as business trips, family emergencies, or urgent work. But if we pray ahead of time, God will help change the circumstances so that we will be able to attend service. It is our responsibility to pray that tribulations don’t happen on the Sabbath.
Living the life of the Sabbath every day
The Bible says that God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested. If we consider this like the days of the week, and then magnify it to the time period of God’s history, Monday to Thursday are like the 4000 years of the Old Testament, and Friday and Saturday are like the 2000 years of the New Testament. Sunday, the day of rest for God, is then like the prophesied 1000-year wedding banquet history; it is the time when we become united with God in our hearts and thoughts, rejoicing and giving glory to Him as His counterparts every day. Therefore, at that time, every day is like the Sabbath.
Service is the condition upon which we go to God through the Lord and live rejoicing, being thankful, and celebrating in love. People whose faith is alive give a living sacrifice to God every day. To do this, we must renew our hearts and minds and offer the service of daily life, living as a counterpart to God, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Son.