Yes, I’ll admit it. I am getting to that age where reading glasses are necessary. I get frustrated when I can’t read the label off a package in the grocery store, I struggle to read price tags and can’t pick up a book anymore without also picking up my glasses. But there is one place where I like my declining vision-the morning mirror.
I like the way I look in the morning -until I put my glasses on. Then I see all of the pores and imperfections in my skin, the road map of lines and wrinkles, the shining streaks of silver on the crown of my head.
It’s all about perception. It’s about seeing things clearly. It’s about choice. I can choose to never wear my glasses and continue glibly through life living in my own reality of clear skin, no wrinkles and lots of brown gray-less locks.
I could choose to go through life not using my glasses. I wouldn’t have to see the wrinkles and gray hair, but I would also miss out on beautiful things as well. My perception of life would be skewed and I would be deceived by my perception, missing out on the reality that is right in front of me.
The same is true for us as women of faith. How we choose to see our faith journey with God will determine the benefits we receive from that relationship. If we see our relationship with God as a “church” thing, if we are “Sunday only” Christians, then we are missing out on what God really intended when He called us to a relationship with Himself.
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Many Christians today leave God at church and never bring Him home with them, never bring Him to work with them. They perceive the God relationship as something that is separate from the rest of their lives.
God doesn’t belong
- At work
- At school
- At the store
This type of separation between sacred and secular is a lie from the pit of hell and the number one reason why many Christians do not live out victorious lives, and have no impact on their world around them.
From God’s viewpoint, for the believer, everything is sacred
Consider what God said to us through Paul in the book of Romans.
In light of everything God has done for us:
- Gave us his only Son-Jesus to die on our place
- Forgives our sins
- Gives grace and peace
- Provides for our needs
- Gives us access to Him through prayer
- Gave us His word for daily living
- Gives the Holy Spirit to empower and gift us
- Is preparing a place for in heaven
- Loves us unconditionally
And so much more!
In light of all He has done for us, the least we can do is give ourselves back to Him. Our whole self. Everything.
- Our dreams
- Our bodies
- Our hearts
- Our minds
- Our goals
- Our families
- Our jobs
- Our money
- Our EVERYTHING
This is truly the way to worship God.
It’s all His anyway. He is the one who gives us life and breath. He gives us what we don’t deserve (grace), and we struggle to give him more than a Sunday morning.
What would happen if you took the word “secular” out of your vocabulary? How would your life change if you surrendered all to God and considered everything sacred. That is what a “holy sacrifice” is after all. Holy-set apart for God’s use.
When we divide our lives into two compartments-secular and sacred, we work against God.
With a divided heart, we live a divided life, and God’s plan for our life cannot be carried out to its fullest. God had so much more in mind for us when He redeemed us than just a Sunday visit. God doesn’t want weekend visits, He wants, and deserves, full custody of our hearts and lives.
Put on your glasses and see what God sees.
God sees you as holy because of His Son-Jesus within you-not because of anything you have done. God is living within you. He is with you everywhere you go-to work, to school, to the store. There is not a time or place that He is not with you and within you.
God knows you intimately, loves you completely, and longs for you to notice His presence with you. Soak in this excerpt from Psalm 139.
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens,you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:1-10)
Will you purpose in your heart today to give Him all? To surrender yourself as a living sacrifice for Him to use according to His plans and purposes? Will you decide today to have singleness of heart? Will you say, “NO!” to the deception of the perception of compartmentalized Christianity?
Sacrifice all to God.
You will never regret it.