"The Lord answered him, 'You hypocrites! Doesn’t each
of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the
stall and lead it out to give it water?'" - Luke 13:15.
The Jews insisted that no work could or should be done on the Sabbath, making a ritual out of something that was intended to meet man's need for a change of pace that would remind him that God was his provider. Jesus pointed out that there were some things that needed to be done on the Sabbath, even if they were considered work. In this case, it was preserving and protecting the life of an animal. The Sabbath was not to be regulated by a set of rules but by an attitude of the heart.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Have you earned your rest this week? If so, then take it! Do something that will refresh and strengthen you for the coming week. It may even be something you have been putting off, like cleaning out files or your car, that, once complete, will bring you a great sense of relief and fulfillment. And don't forget about turning your heart toward God as part of your rest as well.