Sabbath Meditation #27 – He’s Not Finished With You
By Kelly McDonald, Jr.
“For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works…9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” (Hebrews 4:4, 9-10)
“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working. For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18).
On the seventh day God rested from the work of creating. In the first six days He made everything and set forth the processes that would continue His Creation to our present day (such as the Law of Biogenesis). While His work of physical creation was finished by the seventh day, the work of leading man towards His will still goes on.
When we first repent for our sins (Acts 2:38), we become a new creature in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor. 5:17)
But God’s work in us is not completed at that very moment. We still have lessons to learn; He has character to build within us. “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).
When Jesus came to earth, He showed us the true meaning of keeping the Sabbath. The religious leaders of His day had added unnecessary rules to the Sabbath and accused Him of transgressing God’s commandment. Jesus merely violated their man-made rules!
As we reviewed in the last Sabbath Meditation, there is a difference between God’s holy work and our own personal work. The Sabbath is a reminder that He is not finished with you. While we will all make mistakes, He is still doing His great spiritual work within you. He is still teaching, healing, and refining you to be His ambassador on earth and a priest in His Kingdom.
Spend time considering the work God has done in you, is doing within you, and will do through you in the future. On the Sabbath we are reminded of the scripture: “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12).
Let continue to finish His perfect work in you; He is faithful to bring it to completion.
Kelly McDonald, Jr.
BSA President – www.biblesabbath.org