Sunday, April 6, 2014

Living for the Weekend

As I was working on a Friday, a thought came to me about how unique this day was from the other days of the week. Friday is the day where you witness yourself and your co-workers in a much better mood than the other days of the week. Why is that? The answer is obvious: The weekend is here!

I began to think about how people look forward to the freedom and enjoyment the weekend brings from a work week. Most people are talking about getting drunk, high, or partying it up on the weekend and so their mood changes when they know something "fun" is ahead.

Some individuals you see dragging their feet and in a bad mood during the week, you see make a complete 180 on Fridays. Am I saying there is anything wrong with this attitude? NO, (aside from getting drunk or high) I think it creates a better work atmosphere and comrade among your co-workers. BUT, as a believer in Christ, the Lord opened my eyes to something that grieved me about this situation.

Those who don't know Christ seem as if the ONLY thing they look forward to is the weekends, vacation, or days off, etc. The problem is these things are only temporal. The drunk, the high, the excitement for these things quickly pass away. Is life all about living for the weekend and the rest of the week is just a drag waiting til it comes?

I will be the first to admit, I love the weekends! I love having time off of work to rest, enjoy time with family and doing things I love. However, if I begin to see the rest of my week as nothing more than a journey to the weekend, my life becomes shallow and routine.

The truth is, as a Christian, we have more than the weekend to live for! We are living for eternity! This life is a vapor: "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." (James 4:14)

We know everyday that is given to us is a gift from God whether or not we are working or not. Everything we do should be for His glory and the benefit of furthering His purpose in our lives! Yes, it's a struggle, but we need to cultivate an eternal perspective: "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." (Col. 3:1-3)

We need to share with people who don't know Christ that there is more than the weekend to live for! We need to share the Gospel of how Christ came to rescue us from a life lived for self, pleasures, and temporary pursuits. We were meant to live forever, and we will live forever! However, what we do in this life determines our eternal destiny! Will we continue to believe all that matters is living for the here and now, and giving no thought to what happens after we die? We may not have as much time as we like to believe. Lot's of people's lives have been cut short!

The Bible says: "Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). 

Yes, there is much more to life than living to drink, party, and fulfill your selfish pleasures. We were made for the Lord and to fellowship with Him. However, sin has separated us from Him. Our purpose for living has become distorted and results for many as nothing more than "living for the weekend." 
However, when we repent of this lifestyle and trust in Christ, we can expect and hope for a life that gives us freedom beyond our imagination! We truly have something to look forward to! Everyday we get closer to spending eternity with our Creator! He know what will truly fulfill us! Jesus said: "I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly!"

So as we ponder how great the weekend is, know that it will soon be over. We are stewards of this one life and we need to see beyond the temporal to the eternal! Trust in Jesus today!
In Christ -Dustin

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