Faith and Worship Days

In today’s contemporary world, there is a debate as to which day we must worship God. There are some who are of the view that God must be worshipped on Saturday whiles others insist God must be worshipped on Sunday. People who go to church on Saturdays say they are right and those who worship on Sundays say they are right. The question is: who is right? Does it really matter? What is agreed on earth is agreed in heaven. If a group of Christians decide to worship on any day, they need to stick to that arrangement, be it Monday, Tuesday or any other day of the week. God is interested in our hearts more than anything else. It does not mean that you should not go to church. Because of the Roman system, most people worship on Sunday, which is the first day God created as opposed to the last day which is Saturday. We have people worshipping on Saturday. In fact the original idea of having a day of rest is to our benefit.

The LORD said, “The children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever”, (Exodus 31:16-17). Sabbath is a sign between God and the children of Israel. It is the only commandment from the Ten that God said was a sign between Him and Israel. The Gentile church, which includes us was never placed under the yoke of Sabbath. Nowhere in Scripture was it stated that the Gentile church must observe Sabbath. But, if a Gentile church decide to observe Sabbath, there is nothing wrong with it. Let us say a Gentile moves to Israel, then he or she must observe the Sabbath. We are not placed under the law of Sabbath. In fact, during the early church, there was an attempt to put the Gentile church under the law. A counsel in Jerusalem was formed, which included the Apostles such as James, Peter, Paul, Silas, amongst others. And they came to the conclusion concerning the Law of Moses in relation to the Gentiles that they should write to them to “abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood”, (Acts 15:20). It pleased the Holy Spirit that no greater burden be laid upon the Gentile Church, (Acts 15:28). Earlier, Peter asked, “Why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear”, (Acts 15:10)? Peter’s question suggests that Sabbath-keeping was yoke bearing for the Jews and if they could not bear the yoke, why should it be put upon the neck of the Gentiles?

Paul said to the Colossians that, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or the new moon, or of the Sabbath days”, (Colossians 2:16). He further went on to explain the reason by telling us that those things are a “shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” Indeed, many are oblivious to this truth. Many people have made traditions of the things of God, thereby putting a yoke around their neck. Paul also wrote to the Romans and said, “Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind”, (Romans 14:4-5, NET). Leave the judgment to God. If you worship on Saturday do not go condemning those who worship on Sunday. And if you worship God on Sunday, do not go condemning those who worship on Saturday or any other day. Worship is a continuous process. We must worship God at all time. And let’s not forget that we are not saved to become prisoners of the law. We are saved to become free and serve God in love and faith. For “we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they [the Gentiles]”, (Acts 15:11, Emphasis mine), Peter said. Everything we do must be done in faith and love.

 Taken from the book: “Faith: The Only Way to Please God” by Seth Gogo Egoeh

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