Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



“Then he (Jesus) said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for humankind,

and not humankind for the Sabbath…’” – Mark 2:27

For Our Own Benefit

Dear Friend,

            Children often do not like the rules that their parents have for them.  They sometimes rebel against these rules and think that they know better than their parents.  Children might even think that their parents have these rules to take all the fun out of life.  But as children grow into adulthood they usually come to realize that their parents’ rules were for their own good.  Rather than making their lives worse, these rules actually made their lives better.

            In a similar way, we children of God sometimes rebel against the rules of our heavenly Father.  We might think that his rules take all the fun out of life.  And we might think that we know better than our heavenly Father.  But, of course, our heavenly Father knows far better than we do.  He gives us these rules for making our lives better and more meaningful.

            Jesus once pointed out that “the Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath.”  In other words, the commandment of Sabbath rest is for our benefit.  And so it is with all of God’s commandments.  They are for our own benefit.  When we disobey them, we and others get hurt.  When we obey them, our lives become better and more meaningful.

            Our memory verses for 2020 are the Ten Commandments and two other important commandments.  It would be good to memorize these verses and put them into practice in our daily lives.  After all, these commandments of God are for our own benefit!

In Christ,   Pastor Wayne