The enemy often perpetrates a lie on Christians. It’s a falsehood that keeps us disjointed and ineffective. This lie is that there is a line of demarcation between that which is spiritual and sacred and that which is common and secular. But the fact remains, there is not a Christian world and a secular world for the true believer in Christ. There is just God’s world and the fullness thereof. Reality cannot be compartmentalized for the Christian.
If we are Christ’s and indwelt of His Life, there is no separation between church and state. Living life is a continual service to God, which includes both our spiritual and secular lives. Now that word “service” sounds cold and clinical but I don’t intend it to carry that connotation. The service I am speaking of here is as it’s seen in Romans 12:1: a living sacrifice for love and worship of our Lord Jesus.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Romans 12:1 NASB
Present Your Body – Secular and Sacred
The presentation of our body for this service is in its entirety. It’s not relegating this worship only to quiet times and church services. Compartmentalizing our existence is sterile and impotent of passion and zeal. I am speaking of an act of love, not works. As a worshiper of Jesus Christ, I am giving ALL that I am for ALL that He is. This means that like Brother Lawrence, everything is done for the love of God. This is a baffling statement indeed. It is especially so for the man or woman who has compartmentalized their existence.
“It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”
We don’t have to be a singer on a worship team to execute worship. Worship is a life offered into the love affair with our God. The worshipper in this scenario is as much at home in the kitchen as they are in the pew. Again, if we are Christ’s and indwelt of His Life, there is no separation between church and state. His Life in me is as willing to cook a meal as it is to preach the Word. It’s at home at the sink as well as singing in the choir. To some this sounds like sacrilege, but for the true lover it is as obvious as breathing. Reality cannot be compartmentalized for the lover of God. All is for the love of God or it is not love at all.
Do All for the Love of God – Secular and Sacred
When I first heard the phrase, “Do all for the love of God,” I was frustrated. I thought, “How is God honored by my common daily tasks?” But this proved my disassociation from the purpose and LIfe of Christ. Jesus was satisfied with the Will of the Father; both common tasks and the miraculous were all the same. God’s Will and pleasure was His aim. This reality made Him as comfortable in the carpenter’s shed as walking on water. This is to be our aim, too.
The devil wishes us to compartmentalize our lives with a specific goal in mind. If I but perform my common life detached from the Spirit and Life of Christ, I nullify its heavenly value and eternal fruit. So you see why the enemy works so hard to dislocate my spirit from my common life. It neuters my ability to be an offering of love and worship. In essence, it makes the majority of my life and doings more drone than divine. This was never the intent for my saved life. My salvation was in totality; my life now in Him isn’t to be sectioned off but offered as a whole.
Being Compartmentalized – Secular and Sacred
The reward of living compartmentalized is this: guilt for not being religious enough and bitterness that I’m not given the opportunity to be spiritual. I walk around angry that my life is “muddy” with menial tasks rather than pristine with “serving the Lord.” Common life becomes the obstacle standing in the way of my holy pursuit. This is a prison! Instead of enjoying Him in all of life, we’re cast onto the treadmill to chase the wind.
Here’s the hope, living for the love of God is freedom to receive Him in my every moment. When I receive Him to fill all of my life, both secular and sacred, then I reflect His life and worship in all of my life. Then all my doings are done for the love of Him and He is glorified by all of my life. I am glad to be whole and live in the wholeness of this Life He has given.
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.
Colossians 3:4 NLT
In my next post I will show this reality in the current situation we find ourselves in.