Most Americans have heard and used this recognizable logo: TGIF—which stands for Thank God It’s Friday. A national restaurant chain is named TGIF “Fridays.” I once read this statement by an unknown person, “No one has ever said TGIM, Thank God It’s Monday.”
Monday has been given a bad rap by society in general. Why? One reason is it puts a stop to a weekend, usually Saturday and Sunday, of leisure, entertainment pursuits, and other non-work activities. In 1956 a popular song by Fats Domino hit the charts, and is still heard today, with this verse:
Blue Monday, how
I hate blue Monday,
Got to work like
A slave all day.
A number of books have been published with an emphasis on Monday:
- Monday Mornings, (Sanja Gupta)
- Monday Mourning (Kathy Reichs)
- Mister Monday (Garth Nix)
- What Do I Do Monday? (John Holt).
I have some suggestions for how Christians can reframe Monday and turn it into a really meaningful day by making an application of this Scripture, “This is the day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Monday is the day!
We all know that Monday follows Sunday. Sunday is a day set aside by Christians to do a number of things which feed their souls, minister to others, and worship God. Some have gone so far as to refer to Sunday as “the Sabbath,” which it isn’t because the Sabbath is Saturday, the worship day set aside by the Jewish people.
Two to three hours are set aside on Sunday where Christians meet in a building to “encourage, edify, and equip one another to love and good works” (Cf. Hebrews 10:24, 25; Ephesians 4:11-17). These three hours typically involve several expression and exercises:
- The “called out body of Christ” (i.e. ekklesia) come together in an assembly to share a number of blessings and growth opportunities (Read Psalm 133).
- The first hour on Sunday morning is usually set aside for Bible Study in classes or auditorium settings.
- The second hour is usually: (1) Greetings/welcome, announcements, and opening prayer, (2) Singing, (3) Lord’s Supper, (4) sermon, (5) invitation, (6) closing remarks and prayer.
- The third hour is set aside on Sunday evening where most of the things shared on Sunday morning are repeated, with more time usually given to preaching or lessons.
- One Christian summed up the blessings and values of Sunday in these words, “I go home Sunday evening with my heart and soul filled with joy, hope, and renewed commitment. Then comes Monday.”
“Then comes Monday.” Yes, Monday still follows Sunday. It hasn’t been cancelled.
Here’s how Sunday relates to making Monday not a day where it may be said, “We interrupt your happiness to bring you Monday.” It is on Sunday where we fill our spiritual cups and make our intentional plans to DO and BE what we learned beginning on Monday. It is on Monday that we start the long journey to a resting place on Wednesday night, and on to Sunday where we once again renew and refill our spiritual reservoirs.
It is on Monday that we begin to practice what we heard, believed, and committed to practice on Sunday, the day before. I hate to inject a sad reality. Some Christians have no plans to intentionally DO and BE what they heard on Sunday. They wander from Monday to Saturday night, jump out of bed on Sunday morning to “do their duty” once again.
Think about this amazing truth. If a Christian only attends Sunday morning worship services and hears only one sermon each week, that would be 52 sermons a year. Now imagine he DOES one intentional thing he heard in the sermon during the rest of the week (Monday through Saturday), that would be 52 spiritual practices and applications a year. Now add a second lesson from Bible class and one Sunday evening that would be 104 more, thus a total of 156 applications a year. What would a congregation look like where “being DOERS of the word and not HEARERS only” (James 1:21-15) being practices, starting Monday.
Yes, Monday is coming!
Here are a few suggestions for using the power of Monday:
- During the sermon or class take notes and underline or make a note of the one thing you will intentionally do relative to the point.
- If possible, take time Sunday afternoon or night to review your notes and reaffirm your intentional application of one point. Monday morning will work too.
- Write out WHY you have chosen to be intentional about the point.
- Write out HOW you will proceed to make the application a reality.
- Pray continually about your commitment (1 Thess. 5:19).
- Make adjustments during the week. Be creative. Use additional Scriptures.
- As you have the share the word/truths with others.
QUESTION: What are you presently doing that you intentionally planned to do based on the last sermon or Bible lesson you heard? How about a sermon or lesson you heard a week before last, etc.? Sadly, some preachers and teachers can’t remember what they preached or taught two or three weeks ago.
Monday is coming! Why not use it to become A DOER OF THE WORD for the rest of the week? And yes, you can start on SUNDAY NIGHT.
If you are interested in pursuing the ideas contained in this brief article you will benefit from reading two of my book related to this subject: Beyond Sunday and Spiritual Growth Journal, both from amazon.com