Work and worship. How do you balance this? Some people have come up with the concept of “Work is worship.” That cannot be right for God did not say anywhere that your work is equivalent to worship.
As we look at Leviticus Chapter 23 we find the appointed feasts of the Lord described. There in order to encourage worship of the Lord people were commanded not to work on certain days.
Look at the Sabbath, the seventh day. That day was commanded to be a day of rest because God rested on that day and made it holy (Exodus 20:8–11). And Jesus clarified that Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).
In Leviticus 23, verses 3, 7, 8, 21, 24, 25, 28 to 32 (the Day of Atonement: if someone does work on that day he was to be killed), 35, 36, and 39 speaks of the importance of doing no work, denying oneself, taking rest, and above all worshipping God.
The New Testament teaches us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). But that should never be done compromising rest and worship. Jesus once told his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest (Mark 6:31).”
Even though with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we are not observing such festivals as in the Old Testament, the principle of taking time away from work to worship God and be refreshed and recharged is timeless.
If you are a professional, what is your style of work? Is God included in your work routines? Make sure that you do not elevate work to worship status and forget God. You need to take regular time off from work to worship God acceptably. When you do so God uses your time off from work to give you such a refreshing that you are enabled to go and do your work effectively.
Taking a day off in a week surely will bring in work life balance. Utilizing that time to worship God makes it golden. That is what God expects you to do on your rest day. Make your rest day a golden day.