Monday’s Ministry Encouragement: Written to encourage you, my friend in ministry, to be refreshed and renewed as we live for Christ and look toward the Bema.
Yesterday was a glorious day as we celebrated in many ways the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! Preparation for the day came with much expectation, exerted energy, intense planning and the involvement of many people.
Perhaps we even thought many times of the truth preached years ago by S. M. Lockridge, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!”
With that in mind, may I say, “It’s Monday, and Sunday’s over.”
Nevertheless, ministry friends, the same crucified, buried, resurrected Savior we gave considerable attention to the past three days is the same Savior on Monday and is the same Savior that lives in us today as He did the previous three days!!
Consider the following:
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). That’s for Sunday . . . and Monday!
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:19-20). That’s for Sunday . . . and Monday!
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). That’s for Sunday . . . and Monday!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). That’s for Sunday . . . and Monday!
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us (Romans 8:34). That’s for Sunday . . . and Monday!
On this new day, this Monday, may we walk in newness of life, the Christ-life, with an even greater spirit of expectation because for me to live is Christ (Philippians 1:21).
Yes, it’s Monday and Sunday is past, but Christ is alive and the tomb is empty!!