The Way is not a Sunday-only religion. There is no church without the Sunday experience, but the proof of its validity is found on Monday, in the workplace, in the public square, where saints mix with sinners and faith engages the skeptic and the materialist.
The voice of edification in the Sunday assembly becomes the voice of proclamation at the Monday work-desk. The love of the brethren on the first day turns to the love for the world’s salvation during the work week.
The inward faith, however, jumps from Sunday to Wednesday night to Sunday without touching down in between. The selfish saint skips the tough blocks of time that call for speaking a good word for Jesus, content with the occasional boy-scout deed void of context. The disciple of in-house consumption frames the task of evangelism as a lost cause in the postmodern society of pagan morals.
If one conviction has been lost, it is that the Good News is for all in every age. The gospel still has power to save on Monday, as well as inspire on Sunday. The miracles that brought the divine working to the forefront may not be available today, but the providence of God that got a ram’s horns stuck in a bush for Abraham at just the right moment still moves subtly the currents of time and the affairs of the world for the benefit of his people and the advancement of his purpose.
Abraham looked up and saw behind him a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place “The Lord provides.” It is said to this day, “In the mountain of the Lord provision will be made.” Genesis 22.13-14 NET.
To this day, it is not so much in the temple, but down in the work-week city of human concerns and up on Monday’s mountain of obedience where we discover the omnipotent hand of God.
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