“Yippee… It’s Friday!”
“This is my Monday face 😦 ”
“The weekend is one day too short.”
I dislike social media on Mondays and Fridays. Messages and posts like these abound – all either complaining about the working week or rejoicing in its ending.
It so often appears that our lives revolve around weekends, that work is just a meaningless drudgery we plod through in order to get to Friday evening so that we can… what? Watch TV? Indulge in our hobbies? Party? Go shopping? Spend the whole day on the computer?
Brethren, it seems to me this ought not to be so. The weekend consists of less than half the week, so is it really worth living for? If you knew Monday was your last day, would you hate it so much? Because it could be – today could be. We don’t know when Jesus is coming to get us and He is not going to ask us, “So what did you do with your weekends?”
Even if we don’t like our jobs, we are required, no, commanded to do them, and to do them well (1 Thess. 4:11). 2 Thessalonians 3:10 goes so far as to say that if one will not work, neither shall he eat. There are too many people who cannot work for those who can to refuse it. We will not add to the burden of others just because we don’t feel like working. If we can work, and if we want to eat, we better hurry up and do it so that we can not only feed ourselves, but also those less fortunate (Ephesians 4:28).
But there is more to it than duty. Let us count it all joy to be able to work for Him, whatever we do – whether we play sports or push pens or study or teach or cook or sing. If we can work, then we are mightily blessed and privileged; there are millions of unemployed, uneducated people who long for exactly what we complain about. We whine about having to study when all over the world people are stuck on the streets, unable to work, unable to understand what is happening in the world, locked in a prison of their own illiteracy. If you can read this, take a moment to thank God.
Brethren, we can live out our created purpose, improve our lives and, best of all, serve our God and His children through our careers, too. In fact, that should be the main purpose of our careers: to worship our amazing and beloved King. Let’s not store up our treasures where moths and thieves can destroy it, but rather work to fill up the treasuries of Heaven. Let us do our work with love, faith, passion, gratitude, patience, willingness, obedience and courage. Let us go forth and do whatever we do with all of our hearts, as unto God and not unto men (Colossians 3:23). Whether we really like what we do or not, we can still use it to serve the Lord, and the greatest joy a creature can know is in the serving of its Creator. What we do and where and when we do it is not what’s important. What is important is why we do it. And when we do it because we love our God and because we can serve Him in it by working with a worshipful and steadfast spirit, and dedicating all the glory to God, and submitting every detail to His loving Hands, then He will do something amazing with it. Something much bigger than we are.
Enough with blue Mondays. Wake up on Monday, turn your face to the sun, thank the Lord for a brand new day, and give every second to God. And then watch Him turn your world inside out.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58).