As I reflect on everything that I have one through in the past few weeks, months… really all of 2017, I am once again taken aback at how incredibly important sleep is as a foundation off of which all the rest of life can be based. Without it the likelihood that I become a jerkface in any given situation dramatically increases.
Sleep is a tricky thing. But I want to propose that we as a church start to view sleep as an act of worship. There are three ways that I think we can worship through sleep.
- Sleep is a way that we can be image bearers of God. After God had completed creating the world, in Genesis 2:2 the Bible says that God rested. If God rests and wants us to bear His image, then we too should figure out how to rest well.
- Sleeping requires trusting that God is going to keep everything going while you are asleep. Hebrews 1:3 says that the Son “upholds the universe by the word of his power.” When I go to sleep worrying about something, am I really trusting that Jesus is upholding everything or am I trying to take His place as the one who sustains all things?
- And lastly, sleep can be an act of worship because it is a time when we have to give up something (like staying up and binge-watching another show on Netflix) for the sake of something else (like how well I will be able to husband, father, and friend tomorrow.) Our discipline to sleep well is a chance for us to demonstrate to the world with our actions who Jesus is and what He has done for us (providing you take the opportunity to explain it to those who ask when the opportunity comes.)
As I write this I am kinda chuckling because I know there are those of us that are better than I am at this whole sleep thing, but I am hoping that we can figure it out how to honor God well with our sleeping habits together. How much sleep do you get a night? How much do you need to operate a peak potential? How much do you need just to scrape by? Does anything need to change?