We’ve all been there. We experience moving worship and an encouraging sermon on Sunday morning, and we go home fully convinced that this week we will be different. We will be changed….Kingdom-minded in everything we do. Then Monday morning arrives. We over sleep, putting us behind schedule. The kids are arguing, and one of them drops their cereal bowl resulting in broken pieces of ceramic mixed with milk all over the kitchen floor. Finally, we get in the car to get kids to school and/or head to work…only to realize the fuel tank is on ‘E.’ We ask ourselves, “Can this day possibly get any worse?” Then we regret what just came out of our mouths because we know that it can! Can you relate?
Life is tough. It’s definitely not easy. It’s also very unpredictable. This proves even more why we really do need practical faith…a faith beyond Sunday.
James 5:13-15 tells us…
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (ESV)
Prayer, praise, anointing, forgiveness……these are all things that draw our thoughts and attention back to Jesus.
To over sleeping…stop…and thank God that He gave you another day to wake up.
To the cereal mess…stop…and praise God that no one got injured.
To the empty tank…stop…and ask the Holy Spirit to allow someone to cross your path today that you can help. Maybe the delay was needed.
Have you ever had a complete stranger pay the $5 you were short at the cashier? Or maybe they let you ahead of them in the grocery line…even when you had ten times more items than they did? Ponder this today. Did you ever think that perhaps that person’s day had been full of chaos and stress right up to that very moment?
Be Jesus to someone today…and experience what its like to have a faith beyond Sunday. What would that look like for you?