MR says: What does it really mean to keep the Sabbath holy? Where do we draw the line? How do we keep everything in balance?
The Lord has commanded us to keep the Sabbath day holy. But even when we understand the blessings of faithful Sabbath day observance and seek to “call the sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13), sometimes it’s hard to know what activities are appropriate.
President Spencer W. Kimball taught: “People frequently wonder where to draw the line: what is worthy and what is unworthy to do upon the Sabbath. But if one loves the Lord with all his heart, might, mind, and strength; if one can put away selfishness and curb desire; if one can measure each Sabbath activity by the yardstick of worshipfulness; if one is honest with his Lord and with himself; if one offers a ‘broken heart and a contrite spirit,’ it is quite unlikely that there will be Sabbath breaking in that person’s life.”
In our day, the Lord has shown trust in our spiritual maturity and potential by giving us the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy without a lengthy list of do’s and don’ts. Rather, He asks us to consider our hearts and our motivation for the things we do.