How can I keep the Sabbath when my boss occasionally asks me to work on that day?

Hello R,

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The Sabbath was never intended to be an end in itself, but rather a means by which man might become acquainted with his Creator (Exodus 20:8). Therefore, keeping the Sabbath hours is very important. When you have a situation where you are required to work on the Sabbath, the first thing is to inform your boss with your religious beliefs. Write an official letter explaining why you don’t work on the Sabbath and how this is a violation of your convictions. Sabbath keeping churches will also provide their members, who are facing such situations, with a copy of their membership and a letter of the statement of beliefs.

According to Title V11 of the Civil Rights Act and the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the United States, accommodation should be made for the employees. The believer must also show his boss that he has good intentions by being willing and flexible to make up for the hours he missed on Sabbath. For those that live outside the United States of America, laws may vary. Certain countries don’t grant religious freedom and Sabbath keepers may face different work policies.

The Lord promised a great blessing for those that keep the Sabbath “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways… then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13, 14). Both material and spiritual blessings are promised to those who keep the Sabbath.

There is no true blessings apart from God and obedience to His laws. Jesus promised the faithful, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). If the believers are faithful and make the kingdom of heaven their first priority, God will take care of them all through life. He will generously “anoint” their heads with oil (vs. 17) and their cup will overflow with many blessings (Psalms 23:6).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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