Let’s admit it, most of us live for the weekend. We get a sense of relief when we get to the end of a work week, and when the weekend arrives we like to have fun, relax, go to church, go fishing, or whatever… it’s the weekend! It’s nice to get a break from the daily routine of the work week, but it’s just about as jarring to jump back into the routine on Monday morning.
If you are like most people, there is a sense that there is a rather large gap between Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, many people go to church to worship, and take some time throughout the day to relax and rest in preparation for the coming work week. When Monday comes around, we have a perhaps unspoken sense that we are now going back to “reality” or back to “the real world”. The idea of worshiping God is reserved for Sundays, and on Mondays we go back to the grind.
What if God desired to walk with us throughout the entire week, and show us His glory in the every day circumstances of the work week? What if God could be worshiped in every act, every transaction, every interaction we have with others? May I suggest that is exactly God’s desire for our lives.
Colossians 3:23 says, “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.” For the believer, his or her employer might be a bank or a grocery store or a school, but ultimately their boss is Jesus! When we work with integrity and devotion to the task at hand, we honor God and glorify Him in our bodies!
God desires to reveal Himself and guide us along the path of our lives on a daily basis. Our attitudes toward work and the workplace affect our relationships to our spouse, our kids, our community, and even our church families. May God challenge us to do our work for Him, and allow us to see His glory in us!