Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014 “Lord on Sunday, Neglected on Monday”

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

Good Morning Everyone!

In the course of my ministry, I have served fifteen churches in eight different states, but never in the course of my ministry have I served a church who has had the same custodian for thirty years…until now, that is! Next month will mark the 30th anniversary of the very special “ministry” of my friend Billy Black, custodian of First Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, North Carolina. Most places I’ve served, the custodial workers were not so long-term, nor as thorough in their work. Some of the churches had contracted cleaning services. The work they did was satisfactory, but I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a “ministry” as I do with my friend Billy. In others, they served for much shorter periods of time before leaving for other positions. Sadly, in a few, the work was so unsatisfactory that it became necessary to terminate their services.

Custodial work is the kind of work that most people do not notice unless it is done in an unsatisfactory manner. Then the complaints come. When it is done diligently and thoroughly, quite often little recognition is given. Truth be told, there are those who regard such work as being rather “mundane”, demanding little in terms of skill or education. But, oh my! Where would we be without such servants? Billy has the heart of a servant and loves the work he does, and it shows.

In our walk with the Lord, we do well to remember that Christ is Lord of every aspect of our lives. He cares about it all. He is not concerned just with the “big stuff” that is going on. He is aware and cares about everything. He cares as much for us as we are taking out the trash or cleaning the bathroom as He does if we are teaching a Sunday School class or serving on a missions project. His love for us is just as deep if we are watching a movie or running a business. He is Lord of “every aspect” of our lives. Pastor Paul Tripp once said,

If Christ does not reign over the mundane events in our lives, He does not reign at all.

It’s wrong for us to compartmentalize the Lord. He’s not to be regarded as a ” Lord on Sunday and neglected on Monday” God.  When we pray, we are reminded by Christ to petition God in this fashion: “Give us this day our daily bread.” This carries with it the understanding that we are to pray daily. Jesus did not teach us to pray requesting of God what we need for the week, month, or year, but for this day! It is, after all, the only one we currently have. The others have gone. Another in this world is not guaranteed. Psalm 118:24 reminds us, This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Be glad in the Lord. rejoice in the new day, remembering he is Lord of every aspect of your life, and to Him, everything we do is important. Let’s pray!

Lord, reign in Me. Reign in every area of my life in this day You have given. I rejoice in Your promised presence, and desire to please You in everything I do today. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the opportunities that lie before me to honor You. To Your name be praise now and evermore. Amen!



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