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January 27, 2012

Revolution Monday

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Monday’s are so hard, right? Ever felt the ‘Monday morning blues’? Many a song has been written about this challenging day. Who can forget the melodious voice of Karen Carpenter singing “Hangin’ around, nothing to do but frown; rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” I bet many of you are singing that tune right now. For others, Manic Monday, made famous by the Bangles, typifies their feelings about Monday as the song bemoans, “Just another manic Monday, Wish it was Sunday, Cause that’s my fun day, My I don’t have to run day, Just another Manic Monday.” One of the favorite comments from around the coffee pot in the office on Monday morning is, “We should just skip Monday and go right to Friday”. Most likely all of us at one point wished away a blue Monday. But, what if I told you that Monday is the most pivotal and revolutionary day of your life? Let me explain.

Sometime between Wednesday and Saturday Jesus was found guilty, crucified, and was buried. Matthew 12:40 “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Then, on Sunday, Jesus was resurrected! He has risen! Mark 16:9 Jesus rose from death early on the first day of the week. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. Fifty days later on the first day of the week, Sunday, the church/kingdom was established in Acts 2 as Jesus promised. A great revival was held on that Sunday! But, what happened next? Ever wondered what happened on Monday? Well, plenty!

Acts 2: 42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. 45They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. 46Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, 47while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.” What happened on Monday was revolutionary; a revolution Monday. But what started this revolution? Listen!

Romans 6: 5 “If we shared in Jesus’ death by being baptized, we will be raised to life with him. 6We know that the persons we used to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus. This was done, so that our sinful bodies would no longer be the slaves of sin. 8As surely as we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. 10When Christ died, he died for sin once and for all. But now he is alive, and he lives only for God. 11In the same way, you must think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But Christ Jesus has given life to you, and you live for God.”

The day the early believers accepted Jesus as their Savior, when they were buried with him and resurrected with him in baptism, this was the day of purpose and meaning. Now, what truly mattered was what they did next. For the early church the next day, Monday, was truly a pivotal day. Would they go back to their tired lives? Would they go back to their same habits? Would they just fade away? That is why I call that day the revolutionary Monday. That was the day when purpose and meaning was put into action. They changed the world! I want to join that revolution!

Are you making a real difference? Are you part of this radical organic church described in Acts 2:42-47? Are you living the revolution Monday life?

Bruce Kessler

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