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