By: Steve Becker

Matthew 16:24

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.


I was driving into the city early one Monday morning as several cars went whizzing by doing 75 miles an hour in a 55 mph zone. They weaved in and out of traffic. 

I thought, “Wow, these people must be REALLY eager to get to work. They’re probably thinking, ‘Thank God it’s Monday.’”

Wonder what our attitudes were as we headed in to work today. When the week’s over we think, “Thank God it’s Friday.” But the reality is that we’ve been called to join with the Lord and one another in building his kingdom. This is our vocation. So, as we go to work today, let’s live out our call.

Surely, it’s not always easy, especially with our challenging, stress-filled, conflict-ridden work environments.

Let’s remind ourselves this morning that the Kingdom of God is among us. Jesus Christ is it’s triumphant Lord and King. We are called to follow him. It’s a call of discipleship; we’ve chosen to lay down our lives and take up our cross and follow him.

His call is more than just a call of personal salvation for the next life. In fact, it has as much to do with this life as the next. The Gospel of John proclaims that it was for the love of the world that God sent his son (John 3:16). Much has gone wrong and God calls us to join with him to set it right. 

He calls all not only to share life with him, but also to join with others to bring changes that express his kingdom. We are called to impact our culture, communities, colleges, companies and churches with the vibrant life of Christ.

For each of us, this involves an ongoing call of discipleship and formation. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in unity with the Body of Christ, we are being transformed to be Christ in our areas of influence.

Therefore, let’s say today, “Thank God it’s Monday. Here I am Lord.”


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord how he can use you today to build his kingdom. How can he use you today to build his kingdom in you?