Day 20 | Made for Man
October 18, 2015 - WEEK THREE
Gustave Doré, Disciples Plucking Corn on the Sabbath, [Public domain] via Project Gutenberg.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- On any given Sabbath day, how can we know whether we are keeping it holy?
- Why would Jesus instruct those whom he healed not to tell others about Him?
- Why is it especially appropriate on the Sabbath to do works of mercy?
The Sabbath is a day on which to take inventory—to analyze our weaknesses, to confess our sins to our associates and our Lord. It is a day on which to fast in “sackcloth and ashes.” It is a day on which to read good books, a day to contemplate and ponder, a day to study lessons for priesthood and auxiliary organizations, a day to study the scriptures and to prepare sermons, a day to nap and rest and relax, a day to visit the sick, a day to preach the gospel, a day to proselyte, a day to visit quietly with the family and get acquainted with our children, a day for proper courting, a day to do good, a day to drink at the fountain of knowledge and of instruction, a day to seek forgiveness of our sins, a day for the enrichment of our spirit and our soul, a day to restore us to our spiritual stature, a day to partake of the emblems of his sacrifice and atonement, a day to contemplate the glories of the gospel and of the eternal realms, a day to climb high on the upward path toward our Heavenly Father…
It would appear that the reason the Sabbath day is so hard to live for so many people is that it is still written on tablets of stone rather than being written in their hearts….
It is unthinkable that one who loves the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and who with a broken heart and contrite spirit recognizes the limitless gifts which the Lord had given him would fail to spend one day in seven in gratitude and thankfulness, and carrying forward the good works of the Lord. The observance of the Sabbath is an indication of the measure of our love for our Heavenly Father (Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1982, 216–218).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Is it okay to heal the sick on the Sabbath?
- Can you think of other things we can do on the Sabbath which are God’s work?