Monday, September 05, 2005

The Sacrament of Living

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God. 1Cor. 10:31

“One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular.”

Thus begins chapter 10 “The Sacrament of Living” from A.W. Tozer’s book “The Pursuit of God.” Tozer goes on to say, “it may be difficult for the average Christian to get hold of the idea that his daily labors can be performed as acts of worship acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

He tells of the fact that Jesus was fully man and fully God, and nothing He did, while “fully man” was not pleasing, and worshipful to God.

Our struggle, he says, is in seeing and understanding that overlapping in our lives.

“It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular” he says, “it is why he does it. The motive is everything.”

Marjorie Holmes, in her book “I’ve Got to Talk to Somebody, God” has prayers for making the bed and prayers for peeling potatoes… She has prayers for every aspect of our daily lives. Nothing is out of God’s realm.

“Whatsoever ye do, do all for the Glory of God…”

As we go about our “labors” let us be aware that we are serving God. Our lives are statements of our faith - good or bad - we are telling the world where we really stand by our actions. There is no separation between Sunday and Monday - between Wednesday night and Saturday night - what we are - we are. Whom we serve - we serve. In everything we do.

Just as Paul’s letter to the Romans states, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” neither can washing dishes, mowing the yard, going to the dentist, or going to our “labor” separate us from serving God.

Have a blessed “labor” day…

Betty Newman

Some time back I wrote a piece titled, “In This Place, At This Time” and subtitled “Incorporating and Penetrating Worship.” It is my version of this very topic. It is rather lengthy, so I divided it up into 3 separate posts. To read them, go to July 27, 29, and 30 in this blog.


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