I love going to church. I go virtually every Sunday, sometimes twice.
On a Sunday, the presence of God can often be so tangible, so powerful, so beautiful. I cherish those times, I look forward to Sundays when His people gather together to be family together worshipping Him. I love preaching and hearing others preach. I love hearing God-stories from people who have supernaturally had their lives changed for the better. I even love it when we have coffee together before and after the service and chat about our hopes, dreams and ideas, disappointments, football, politics, X Factor and anything else you can think of!
Then Monday comes.
In retrospect, Sunday can seem like a detachment from reality once the normal week picks up again. However, for followers of Jesus, that's not the truth is it? For those of us who recognise him as the one true living God who died for our sins, Sunday is the reality, not the detachment.
Let me tell you what happened this morning - a normal Monday morning.
I am currently doing teaching supply work, among other things, to earn an income. I woke up at about 6.30 am, feeling a little physically run-down after an exhausting week. I was thinking it would be great to have some time off, to take the day at my own pace, catch up on a few jobs around the house and do a bit of admin for Embrace Church. I had no supply work lined up but knew the call could come from the agency I am registered with.
The time during which I could been called came and went, and though I was relieved that I would have a break for at least one morning, I immediately felt a pang of guilt and worry. Guilt, because I want to earn an honest income and wondered if I was just being lazy; and worry, because I suddenly thought "What if I don't get any work this week?"
Almost immediately the phone rang. It was my supply agency. They had work from Tuesday to Friday this week, if I wanted it! I calmly said 'Yes,' and thanked them for the work.
Then I leaped for joy. God knew I needed a restful day today. He provided work for the remainder of the week. I am so thankful for His care, His love and His provision. And all this on a Monday!
Biblically speaking, God's people are the church - that is the correct definition of church. So church doesn't finish when Sunday does. Put God first in every area of your life and watch him get involved in your life and provide for you in the little and the big things, on a Sunday or a Monday.
Matthew 6:33: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NLT)