What is the 2nd Day Without the 1st?
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What is the 2nd Day Without the 1st?

Order matters. So much in life builds on what has come before and prepares us for those things that are in our future. So it is no accident that Sunday comes before Monday. Since the Early Church, Sunday has been both the first day of the week and the day of rest and worship for Christians around the world.

But have we stopped to ask why God gave us Sunday before Monday? What is supposed to happen on that first day of the week, and how should it impact the subsequent days? It is easy to live a life without making those connections. We silo our time between weekend and weekday. Our understanding of the spiritual is carefully kept within the confines of our devotional time and our Sunday worship experience.

Is that what God intended? Absolutely not! As we look throughout the Bible, God spoke to whole families, freed whole peoples, commanded the capture of whole lands, and held whole nations accountable for their actions. God sees things holistically – not in small bite-sized chunks.

So when God starts our week off on Sunday in His presence, what does He expect for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday? He is expecting that our whole lives will be an offering to Him consecrated on Sunday and poured out into the week.

This is the core message of our On Call in Culture community. We are a group of people striving to live each day with the goal of responding to God’s call on our lives. The outcome is a world that looks more like God’s Kingdom and less like sin’s intrusion.

Because this is our goal, we are excited about a new opportunity to start the week off with a holistic focus. We are partnering with The High Calling on an event called Labor Day Sunday. On the US Holiday Labor Day, The High Calling and the Center for Faith & Work have put together a wonderful set of resources to help churches engage the entire congregation with what it means to “Make Mondays Meaningful.”

As you grow in your understanding of being “On Call in Culture,” Labor Day Sunday is an excellent activity to begin challenging others to consider how they view their work. Will you consider using these materials in your church this coming Sunday? Take some time to see what is available on www.labordaysunday.com and think through how you might use it.

Let’s be praying that God will mobilize thousands of believers to launch out of their Church seats and into the world they are sent to serve.

Mindy Hirst

Mindy Hirst is co-founder of Generous Mind, a think tank devoted to helping people be generous with their ideas. She is also a founder of the On Call In Culture community.