“Ugh, Monday again. Just gotta make it through today.” I overheard yet another person make yet another comment about trudging through yet another Monday. I felt a check in my spirit. Recent comments and conversations began replaying through my head, all filled with the tones of personal anxiety, need, or general disdain for doing any of the ordinary, daily activities required by life.
“How are you?”
“Tired.” “Busy.” “I’m not feeling very good.” “If I could just get through.” “I need more time/better health/more money.” “Wish it was summer/vacation/Friday/weekend/insert anything other than here here.”
I think the sad thing is that I hear these things from believers. Born-again, Spirit-filled, walking free from their past sins believers. I hear them from me, too.
I guess the question I began to ask myself is, Why are Christians sometimes the most defeated people? That’s not what the Word says we are: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Have you acknowledged your ordination yet? It is time we, as Christians, recognize that we are ordained by God to be His priests and ministers of the Gospel. We are called to live as Jesus lived, which means everyday is an opportunity to heal the sick, set the captives free, and proclaim the year of jubilee. We must break free from the mentality (or, more aptly, spiritual condition) that makes the only ministry we see that which we need. We claim our Savior, yet live as ones destitute, hungry and naked from spiritual impoverishment. “Pray for me,” we beg, yet we ignore the dying all around us, too distracted by our own needs to have the heart for another’s.
Every day is a gift. And while that is a cliche, it doesn’t make it untrue.
Yes, we all have needs from time to time, and God wants to meet your needs. But it is our faith that looks at those needs in our lives, declares, “His grace is sufficient,” and pushes through to live as a son of God, without hindrances, moving in the authority granted us in Him. Satan would love to keep you too bound in your own impoverished state to do damage to the Kingdom. But isn’t it time we awoke from our state of stupor, stepped beyond our immediate comforts, and looked at the Kingdom, with its fields ripe with harvest. Beloved, are you His? Are you a new creation, with the DNA of Christ in your being? If so, you are ordained into the priesthood. Put on your habit, the clothing of Christ. Walk in each moment with the intention of the Kingdom.
How do we do that? Wake up every morning with the prayer that God would show you your calling for that day. Do you have errands to run? Pray to meet someone who needs the Gospel. Working in a cubicle? Have a God conversation with your neighbor. Cooped up in a house with three preschoolers? Put on the worship music and let the Spirit of God invade your home and their little hearts.
Beloved, it is a choice we must make every morning to advance the Kingdom. We must put on Christ daily and choose to find ways to turn each day into a mission. With mission comes joy, purpose, and the fulfilled promises of God in your own life. I charge you, me, to embrace Monday, the grocery store, the cubicle, and even the illness that sends us to a doctor; it is in those places we take the Kingdom by force.