“Friday” by Joe Barrett
Friday marks the beginning of the weekend.
The weekend holds possibilities of fellowship, relaxation, adventure. That’s a big part of why we “Thank God it’s Friday.” The other part is of course because Friday marks the end of the workweek for many people. It’s the end of a “job well done.” With Friday, comes a sense of accomplishment. “It feels good to be done with our labor.” The thought of rest is appealing to all who have labored. Because the weekend is coming, we can handle a few difficult days of labor.
Our time on earth comes and goes like a “work-week.” A few days of labor for the kingdom, and before we know it, it’s Friday. That’s not a bad thing. God, who is faithful, has promised a day of rest is coming.
Labor will cease.
Pain will be no more.
Death will have no place when our work here is done.
Heavy hearts will make their way home to enjoy the presence and peace of God.
The problem with weekends here on earth is well known. They come and go in a flash. However, when our work here on earth has come to an end… we have the promise of a “never-ending weekend!” Monday will simply never come again. Time will be no more. The God who makes all things new will surprise us with His Glory, Wisdom, and Preparation for eternity.
There is another reason we look forward to Friday. For many people, Friday is “payday.”
We receive our reward for the labor we have given. Even though most of it will go to bills, taxes, and such; we still look forward to that little piece of “payday” we can call our own. The idea of enjoying the fruit of our labor is appealing. This is also true of our labor on earth. A payday is waiting for those who labor in the Kingdom. Our reward is joy unspeakable and full of glory. Our reward is Jesus. Our reward far exceeds our light affliction here on earth.
Today is Friday, and we’re all looking forward to the weekend. As you do, remember that God has also promised an end to our earthly labor. If today is hard, remember that our spiritual “hump-day” has come and gone. It’s Friday, and it will not be long until our labor here on earth is complete.
Payday is just around the corner. Joy comes in the morning. Heaven is near.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.