‘May the favour [Footnote: beauty] of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.’ (Psalm 90:17 NIV–UK)
Monday is not a very popular day of the week. The Bangles wished it could have been Sunday rather than Monday1 and for the Carpenters rainy days and Mondays2 always got them down.
It’s not surprising really, the weekend is over and for many the working week is about to begin. Of course all of us work whether we have a job or not, and that’s the way it should be. We are made to be engaged in productive activity that enhances our lives, the lives of others and gives glory to God. Some really enjoy the work they do and look forward to the arrival of another Monday, but for others work can be difficult, frustrating, and boring. Is God, the maker and sustainer of the universe, interested in our particular work? Does he care about what goes on at the office, how we do the washing up, or tend the garden?
The Apostle Paul tells us,
‘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 3:23–24) God wants us to be good stewards of the talents, gifts, resources and opportunities he gives us, and work at those things wholeheartedly, strengthened by his power, and looking ahead to his reward. To realise that in all the work we undertake we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ gives us a different perspective about Mondays and how we are to approach even the mundane tasks of life. Whatever work we have to do in the coming week talk to God about it. He is interested in and wants to be involved in all we do. Seek his guidance, his strength and his favour, and he will establish the work of your hands. Now that will be a beautiful thing to behold.
Father, thank you for the gifts and the opportunities you have blessed me with. I commit to using them responsibly in your honour. Give me a fresh supply of strength and energy to carry out the work ahead of me so that even my smallest accomplishments bring you glory,
Have a good working week,
- ‘Manic Monday’, The Bangles, 1986.
- ‘Rainy days and Mondays’ The Carpenters, 1971.