Keeping the Sabbath is one of the most difficult commandments to observe. Some of the other Ten Commandments are much easier easy to keep, at least for most people I know. Most of us have never murdered anyone; most of us don’t steal things; and most of us tell the truth about our neighbors.
For me, and I think for many of you too, it’s hard to “remember the sabbath and keep it holy.” The Sabbath is so hard to keep partly because many of us are as busy as bees. In an effort to accomplish as much as possible, we work seven days a week. Our Mennonite ethic of hard work feeds right into this. So does our ethic of serving others in the name of Christ. We work long hours because it makes us feel like good Christians.
- Exodus 20:1 - 17