Sunday’s are the Lord’s Day. The day is set aside for church, family, and God. This concept is ingrained into believers from the point of new birth. Sundays are to be days in which we honor the Lord by worshiping Him. To do this the family commits and hour or two to listening others preach about some stories that happened long ago, maybe sing a few songs and utter a prayer or two. Yet, is this how it’s supposed to be?
Perhaps the above characterization isn’t fair. After all, there are many who are thoroughly faithful. Sundays to them are a day of service on behalf of the Lord. The events of Sunday are not mere checkbox items, but are a joyful exaltation for the Lord. Each week they look forward to when Sunday will arrive once again so that they can return to worship the Lord once again. Yet again we must ask, “Is this how it’s supposed to be?”
The Sunday routine is so much a part of the church culture that for many, thinking beyond Sundays as an opportunity to worship is hard to do. The result is the existence of false dichotomy in which believers see the activity of worship separate to the existence of men. Instead of seeing life as a gift from God in which we offer ourselves as a daily sacrifice and spiritual worship (cf. Romans 12:1) our lives become our own in which we are gracious enough to give him a few hours a week (mostly Sundays, but sometimes Wednesdays, and even the rare Saturday).
However, worship is not a Sunday activity; worship is a daily activity. The picture of a planted tree of Psalm 1 resonates deeply here. The Psalmist urges followers of God to find delight in the law of the Lord and to meditate upon it day and night (verse 2), thus continuously, not merely one day a week. Yet, consider the tree that does not wither in verse 3. Planted by streams of water, it remains firmly fixed next to the stream from which it draws its strength. Thus, it is constantly being fed and nourished by its source. Consider Paul’s words to the Thessalonians when he encourages them to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:13). The activity of prayer is not confined to a specific time or place. Neither is our obedience (1 John 5:1-5). Honoring and pleasing to the Lord, obedience is an act of worship. Certainly the Lord did not ask us to only obey him Sundays only.
1 Corinthians 10:31 provides a great source of conviction through Paul’s words when we read “Therefore, whether you ate or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” No matter the task we are engaged in, there exists an opportunity (and almost a necessity) to point back to the Lord and His glory. Not only is our worship on Sunday morning to be glorifying to Him, but also our work on Monday morning, our coffee break on Thursday afternoon, and our round of golf with friends on Saturday.
Because worship is defined as a Sunday morning task, we fail to connect what we do the rest of the week with the glory of the Lord. One of the greatest barriers of our worship is not a lack of time, not a lack of place, but instead a lack of direction. We spend Sundays looking up while the rest of the week is spent looking ahead. Therefore, we must stop worshiping our Lord on Sundays only, and begin to see Him as an active participant in all that we do, worshiping Him every moment of every day of every week.
Photo “Washington National Cathedral” courtesy of user Jeffrey and Flickr.