A Green Light to Keep the Sabbath – By a pioneer worker in Asia

Green, Yellow and Red Traffic Light in the London city..Mr. D joined our house church services in early 2014.

It was an exciting time. We had 16 people attending the church, and one was preparing to be baptized.

Mr. D wanted to keep the Sabbath and worship with us every week, so he asked his company if he could take off from Friday sunset to Sabbath sunset. However, his company would not allow him to stop working on Sabbath. In fact, his boss told him he had to resign from his job if he wanted to keep the Sabbath.

Mr. D struggled over this issue, and we prayed for him for a whole year. Finally this last New Year, he made his decision to quit his job so he could keep the Sabbath.

But his boss rejected his resignation, and his colleagues laughed at him. They could not understand why he would give up a good career to keep his religious beliefs. They reasoned that if he wanted to go to church, he could go on Sunday because the offices were closed on Sunday.

We prayed with Mr. D for another month. Finally he submitted his letter of resignation again. Not wanting to lose Mr. D, his boss finally gave him the green light to keep the Sabbath. He could have the day off.

We all praised the Lord!

But his colleagues were not supportive. They kept intentionally asking him to come into the office on Sabbath for unusual or unnecessary tasks. Understandably, this upset Mr. D. We comforted him and prayed for his colleagues for eight weeks.

Mr. D clung to Matthew 5:16, which says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” So when his colleagues were unfriendly, he would share health principles and healthy food with them instead of getting angry. He also began praying for each colleague every day.

Slowly the attitude of his colleagues began to change. They apologized for their behavior. Some have even attended health seminars that we offer.

Mr. D will be baptized in a few weeks. His story is an answer to prayer.

Editor’s note: This story is written by a pioneer worker in an area of Asia where sharing Christ is difficult and sometimes risky. For this reason, we are not publishing the names of people involved in the story. Please pray for the workers, the new believers, and especially for Mr. D, and his colleagues.

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Practical Application: 

Is there something in your life that God has asked you to stand for but you are struggling making the decision to follow through? Pray and ask that God will give you strength! He is faithful. He doesn’t ask us to do something without giving us the ability to do it.

“Obedience is the test of discipleship. It is the keeping of the commandments that proves the sincerity of our professions of love. When the doctrine we accept kills sin in the heart, purifies the soul from defilement, bears fruit unto holiness, we may know that it is the truth of God. When benevolence, kindness, tenderheartedness, sympathy, are manifest in our lives; when the joy of right doing is in our hearts; when we exalt Christ, and not self, we may know that our faith is of the right order. “Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2:3. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, p. 146

Dear Heavenly Father, Please help us know how to honor You by the decisions we make. We sense You calling us to a closer walk with You, to a life of surrender and greater consecration. But often the decisions You call us to make are not easy. And others just don’t understand. Please give us strength to keep moving forward. Give us strength to keep our eyes on You and to remember that it doesn’t matter what others think as long as we are honoring You. Thank You for hearing this prayer and giving us strength to obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Promises to Claim: 1 Sam. 15:22, James 1:22, Phil. 4:13

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  • Caylin Solomon

    What a wonderful story! I have a similar prayer request. Vusi has been an Adventist for a long time, but he has not been able to keep the Sabbath. After recently doing a series of Bible studies on the Internet, he decided that he must start keeping the Sabbath at the car selling company that he works at. His boss isn’t letting him have Sabbath off as yet. Let us all pray for him!

    • Khethy

      Praying for Vusi

    • Viveen McLeary

      Praying for Vusi. God is able to do all things. There is nothing impossible with Him.

    • Keresi Oski

      I praise God for your post Caylin. I am in a similar situation as Vusi. But for me I cannot keep the Sabbath in our very home. I have been struggling with this problem for several years. My children are growing up and what I teach them about the Sabbath they do not see me carry it out. The very main reason for this is because the rest of our family members are not Adventists. On the Sabbath they all go out and do their own thing while my children and I left at home to care for my aged grandmother. My grandmother maybe old but she does have expectations that she expects from all her grandchildren to meet. I continue to pray about my situation and my children’s life. At times I give up praying because I am weary. But this evening as I read your comments I believe the Holy Spirit has urged me not to be weary and not to give up praying.
      May God bless you.

      • jenjenialso

        You can keep the Sabbath holy in your grandmother’s home. You can prepare a worship and study of the Word for your children. You can take care of your grandmother with Jesus ‘s love for her. It is hard to not be able to go and be with other believers and be out in God’s beautiful nature but taking care of your grandmother can be your ministry to bring her to the feet of Jesus, until the day Jesus opens the door to worship Him in another way on His blessed Sabbath day. Gal. 6:9- let us not grow weary while doing good. For in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
        May God bless you and fill you with His Holy Spirit.
        I have placed you on my prayer list.

        • Keresi Oski

          Oh, thank you and God bless you. I will most certainly take you up on your advice. Praise God

  • Merle B. Platel

    Praise the LORD for answered prayers. I hope & pray that my children will also do the same, especially the one who has been baptized together with his wife, and yet continue to “desecrate” the Sabbath, and have not kept it holy as the LORD commanded us.. Please pray for my children, my brothers, and sisters in Christ. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,and blessings to you all.

  • Desiree

    Praise GOD for answered prayers,it gives us confidence to rely completely on HIM. Please HIS Holy Name.

  • D.V.B.

    Thank You Father that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength! The sacrifices we make for You are small when compared to Your sacrifice for us.

  • Mthokozisi Ngwenya

    we haven’t stopped praying for you saints,we are praying untill things happen.To God be the Glory.

  • Viveen McLeary

    This is truly amazing what God can do for us when we are willing to give our lives to Him. Thanks for sharing.

  • Janypan

    I applaud Mr D for being courageous and standing up for his faith. God rewarded hi for his trust in Him.

  • Alain

    what a humble man!

  • tsholofelo

    We thank God for your perseverance in prayer. At times we quit praying easily And quickly and end up missing great opportunities for salvation of others and our own spiritual growth. I pray that we all realise that as we persevere in prayer, we develop muscles which help us to continue to climb even the steepest mountains in our spiritual journey. I will continue to pray with you brothers and sisters especially for Mr D. And those in the same situation with him. May God bless you brothers and sisters.

  • Wojtek Janiuk