I woke up Monday, feeling as though my soul had been plundered. Odd use of the word, eh? The definition of plunder, according to Webster, is to “take the goods of by force (as in war): pillage, sack invaders plundered the town.” How, then, would the word plunder translate into such a deep, soulish feeling on a Monday morning?
Mondays are challenging for most people to get the week going after a weekend off from work. For pastors, we usually deliver our soul on Sunday morning, followed by an afternoon and evening of visits and shared meals with friends and or family. It often makes Sunday one intense day. Come Monday, it is a sign that the week starts our routine all over again.
This past Sunday at Narratives was tremendous. We had several new visitors, a couple of re-commitments to Christ, a wonderful worship experience, great fellowship and, according to my wife, amazing preaching. God was glorified; an “A+” worship gathering! I went to bed Sunday night with a very full heart and satisfied spirit.
However, waking up Monday, my soul felt plundered. How did this joyful feeling in my heart on Sunday night-full of God’s goodness-become so easily pillaged during my sleeping hours? Shouldn’t Sunday have been enough to carry me over for the next couple of days?
After spending some time reflecting on this feeling of “plunder” here are a few responses that emerged:
Satan is a liar and a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (1 Peter 5:8). That which God does in us, through us, and puts in us-His Word-Satan is immediately ready to pounce upon and rob before it sinks too deeply into our spirit. He wants us to think:
- That every day is “just another day”
- That God has not designed this day for the extraordinary to work in the ordinary.
- That today is your day to just exist and live out your routine with no expectation for God’s manifold purpose to unfold.
- That what happened in community on Sunday has no fruit to offer for today.
Now here are the facts:
“This is the Day the Lord has made, I will rejoice in it and be glad (Even on Mondays!) – Psalm 118:24
“The LORD’S loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: Great is Your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3: 22-23
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” – Psalm 145:3
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” – Romans 12:1-2
Monday may consist of routine patterns and habits, but make sure that your everyday routine is drenched in God’s goodness and always be ready for the extraordinary to happen through your everyday life! Every day is an opportunity for God’s glory to be revealed!
Converting plundering into drenching,