Summary: Consider the reasons why a person prioritizes weekly activities more than the Lord’s day.
Have you ever been guilty of anticipating Monday more than enjoying worship and service to God on Sunday? What causes a person to anticipate Monday to the exclusion of the Lord’s day? In the book of Amos we find this subject addressed. The Israelite people said "When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may trade our wheat? Making the ephah small and the shekel large, falsifying the balances by deceit,that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals even sell the bad wheat?’’(Amos 8:5-6 NKJV) They were glad for the Lord’s day to be over. They wanted to get back to their buying and selling. Notice three reasons that are drawn from our text.
1. We anticipate Monday because we are preoccupied with worldly things. Things such as buying and selling become our priority.
A. Preoccupation with worldly things is often a gradual process. We never plan to do it.
B. Preoccupation with worldly things involves good things that gain mastery over us. There is nothing wrong with buying and selling as long as our methods are clean and it does not become our god. In our text the Israelites showed their worldliness by taking up dishonest ways.
2. We anticipate Monday because we disconnect our spiritual life from daily life. The Israelites thought they could go to the house of God on the Sabbath and go about their dishonest ways on the day following the Sabbath.
A. There is often a disconnect between our worship and our day to day lives.
Example: The people of Paul’s day thought you could disconnect cult prostitution from your spiritual life.
(I Cor. 6:15-18)
B. God wants to be a part of your life.
3. We anticipate Monday because sin diminishes our desire for God.
A. Sin destroys our ability to hear God.
B. Sin destroys our desire for the things of God.