WORK AS WORSHIP

It’s not an uncommon practice to dread Mondays. I mean, who doesn’t wish for longer weekends? But at the heart of the issue, I do wonder, why is Monday so begrudged? Maybe it’s the negative aspects in the work environment that beg to be avoided just a little bit longer, or the grueling tasks that were finished last week, but have to be done again this week. Friday comes with excitement and is full of the promise of completion and fun, especially when it also means payday! But then the week begins again and it’s Monday, whether we used the time off satisfactorily or not. For whatever reason, Mondays can be rough on everyone.

WORSHIPING GOD WHILE SURVIVING A MONDAY

I am 110% task-oriented! On any given day, the first thing on my mind when I wake-up is the To-Do list, which is at its longest on Mondays! But I want to remember first what is most important - I want to worship God! Have you ever thought about worshiping God while surviving your Monday? Have you ever thought about your work as worship? Worship is not just in the time we sing at church or sit through the service, but in everything we do, we have the opportunity to worship God.

The enthusiastic cheering of fans on Game Day can be thunderous. Yet do we as Christians exhibit the same passion for Jesus on Sunday in church?  Do we cheer for Him as we do for our teams? Millions of Americans worship “the Game.” I like sports too, but when a game becomes more important than our God and when worshipping a sport is more exciting than adoring our Savior, that’s a problem. What if we displayed the same exhilaration on Mondays, knowing we have a full week to worship God, as we have for athletics?

“WE WILL ALL WORSHIP SOMETHING, WHO WILL IT BE”. ~ AARON LEE

Instead of grumbling, I want to start my week thankful that I’m even able to work, that I’m able to provide for my family, and that I can freely be a witness for Jesus just by sharing that same joy with the people I encounter throughout my day. The enemy is waiting for us to blow our testimony. He sure knows how to use a Monday! As Christians, we can enter our places of work with excitement because, no matter the job, we are working for the Lord and not man.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:22-24 (NIV)

WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST.

Paul tells Christian slaves to obey their master, but sincerely and with “reverence for the Lord.” This principle applies to everyone! On Monday, when we go to work and answer to someone: a supervisor, manager, or owner, we need to treat them with respect and joy because we are Christ’s Ambassadors. We are doing our jobs for God. This is one way we serve Christ, and therefore our work is worship. Our productivity, time management, and our attitudes are all ways that we can honor God. Every day at work – even Monday - is another opportunity to worship God.

So, today, on this "day after Labor Day/feels like a Monday," I challenge you to join me in changing our behavior toward the dreaded first day of the work week and see it as the beginning of another week to worship our Savior. If we are truly engaged in worship every day, how could we possibly dread any day of the week, including Monday?