Amos 5:13 Therefore, the wise person will keep silent at such a time, for the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk– not as unwise people but as wise– making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
Thank God it’s Friday, TGIF. This phase is has been adopted by many in this country as an expression of derision or exasperation toward how they make a living. It is even the theme taken by a restaurant chain. The cultural custom of a 40 hour work week from Monday to Friday is seen by many as something to be endured, especially if a person finds their occupation to be meaningless, unappreciated, boring, overly taxing or stressful. Thank God it is Friday because the weekend is near!
Work is important. God is not pleased with slothfulness, laziness. Work is not a necessary evil but a way in which humanity is to build contributing, continuing community that promotes cooperation and care in our journey through life. Work is about needs and responsibilities.
But enters evil, selfishness, and delusion that promotes the idea that we live for the material. Work then becomes a means of supporting the consumer mindset that worships at the alter of I want rather than we need. Work produces products, produces produce profits and profits allow pleasures and power.
Lent is a time of counter-cultural behavior. In the season of Lent we embrace self-denial. In Lent we seek to bring life under the supervision of Jesus. In Lent, we are prepared to face THE FRIDAY that comes. In Lent we are called to look at our world through the eyes of Scripture and the relationship we have with God. In Lent we seek to steady ourselves against the onslaught of a corrupted culture. In Lent, TGIF becomes HGIF (Help God I Falter). If we embrace our call to carry our cross, to be salt and light, and to be the presence of Jesus, then our work is not defined by our occupation. Our work is not about our making a living but being a living witness in the midst of the evil in which we live.
When we are seeking the good of our God, no task becomes purposeless, no job to menial or boring, for our orientation is not the pursuit of profit and pleasure, but the joy of service and then TGIF is transformed to Thank God In Faith.
Amos 5:14 Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed.
Ephesians 5:17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:19-21 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to the Lord in your heart, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.
*Verses are from the NIV.