Leisure is the free time you have after completing your work. Work is important, but it does not define your life. The Christian life is big, full, and multidimensional. It includes work, service, rest, leisure, God, family, friends, community, and more. First Timothy 6:17 declares that God “provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
What does the Bible say about your leisure time?
For starters leisure is similar to rest in that both require a cessation of work. The first mention of rest in the Bible is in Genesis 2:2: “God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
God rested after he finished his work and you should too. This is God’s model: your rest follows your work. God ordained a rhythm in life of repeating cycles of work and rest.
Consider the following biblical references to your times of leisure:
When speaking of heaven, Zechariah 8:5 states, “The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
To play is to romp and have fun. The same Hebrew word for “playing” is rendered as rejoicing and to laugh in other verses.
Psalm 46:10 instructs us to “Be still, and know that I am God.”
“Be still” in the language of the Old Testament means to cease striving, to relax, to slacken from labor, or as we would say today—to simply cease working.
The verse reads, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”
Leviticus 23:3 declares, “The seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly.”
Sabbath rest is a celebrating rest. Today, we Christians stop working and gather for Sunday worship to express our reverence and thanksgiving to God.
Esther 9:19 speaks of the Jews setting aside “a day of joy and feasting.”
The Hebrew root of “joy” is to leap and spin with gladness, as in the contemporary phrase jump for joy. Take time away from your work to jump for joy in thanksgiving for the many fruits of your labor.
Psalm 23:2–3 says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
This passage connects your leisure time with the enjoyment of nature.
Acts 2:42 records the first Christians devoting themselves “to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread.”
Rest from your work and enjoy wholesome fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Enjoy frequent times of leisure, rest, celebration, and play.