Starting October 1, 2019, President and CEO David Holsten is implementing “First Day” at MAF.
What is First Day?
“First Day” is a day set aside at the beginning of each month where the MAF family, guided by the principles of Sabbath, stops its normal work routine to enter into a time of rest as we seek to delight in God and contemplate all that He has done for us. We accomplish this through times (individually and corporately) of worship, prayer, recreation, and fellowship. We do not seek to be legalistic, but we do seek to be intentional. As an organization desiring to walk with others in the way of Jesus, we believe First Day can serve as a spiritual discipline for us leading to better discernment, wiser decisions, greater unity, and increasing awareness of all God has in store for us. It stands in subversive rebellion to the spirit of the age which seeks to distract us with a never-ending flow of information and tasks while distorting our identity by saying what we do is more important than who we are loved by. It is our belief First Day will strengthen the soul of MAF.
The Four Elements of First Day
- Stop. First and foremost, we cease all work – paid and unpaid. On First Day we embrace our limits. We let go of the illusion we are indispensable to the running of the world. We recognize we will never finish all our goals and projects and that God is on the throne, managing quite well in ruling the universe without our help.
- Rest. Once we stop, we accept God’s invitation to rest. God rested after his work of creation. We engage in activities that restore and replenish us. The key is to rest from both paid and unpaid work.
- Delight. God invites us to join in the celebration, to enjoy and delight in his creation and all the gifts he offers us in it. The innumerable gifts come to us in many forms, including people, places and things.
- Contemplate. Pondering the love of God is the central focus of our First Day. We are not taking time from God; we are drawing closer to him. It is an invitation to see the invisible in the visible – to recognize the hidden ways God’s goodness is at work in our lives. In contemplation, we are acutely focused on those aspects of God’s love that come to us through so many gifts from his hand.
For more resources and information on implementing First Day or Sabbath, see the First Day Resources by clicking HERE.