Joe walked out of the Sunday service and headed to his car. As he sat there for a minute, he found himself thankful for the past hour and a half. Yet, as Joe was reflecting on the morning, the reality hit him. What was that?
Monday was coming!
Joe’s thankfulness immediately turned to dread as he realized his 5:30AM commute for work was just around the corner. He turned on the car and headed for home, wishing that something he experienced that morning could change his outlook on his job!
Can you relate to Joe? I know I can!
Over the years, however, I have come to realize there is an unnecessary dichotomy in many Christian’s minds when it comes to Sunday and Monday. We tend to mistakenly think that Sunday is “when I get my worship on,” but Monday is when “I do work.” Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:23–24,
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Let me ask you a question: Why do you work?
Is it to please your boss, make a buck, or provide for your family? Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with those motivations. What Paul is saying is that they are not to be the primary focus of a Christian’s work. You see, our focus on Monday morning is to please Jesus, not people.
That means whatever you do, it is important to Jesus!
And since it is important to Jesus, do whatever it is that you do, well! Worship Jesus as you change that diaper, deliver that package, make that product, take that test, kick that ball, or run that business. Don’t forget that the most mundane activity of your day is an opportunity to glorify God by doing it well.
In his book, Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller writes, “If God’s purpose for your job is that you serve the human community, then the way to serve God best is to do the job as well as it can be done.”
On Monday morning, Joe opened his Bible to the assigned reading for that day. He read Colossians 3:23-24. As he started his commute, a new reality hit Joe. What was that?
Monday morning is just as important as Sunday. Why? Both are opportunities to worship!