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The Sacrament Of Life

“The Sacrament Of Life” is the title of the last chapter of A.W. Tozer’s book, “The Pursuit Of God” For anyone who has not read this book, I highly recommend it. It has provided so many blessings to me.prayinghands_6

But none greater than the last chapter. In it, Mr. Tozer describes the difficulty that many Christians have with the two areas of their lives, the sacred and the secular. As Christians we want to live in the sacred acts of prayer, fellowship, shared worship, etc. but we find ourselves living in a secular world which forces us to deal with such tasks of making money, maintaining our home and transportation, etc. Thus we are forced to switch back and forth between our inner spiritual life and our external secular one.

But Mr’ Tozer points out very eloquently how this view of two separate “lives” is nothing more than a misconception on the part of believers.

At the heart of Mr. Tozer’s argument are some of Paul’s exhortations to believers that point out how the Lord intends for us to approach our lives.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  —  1 Corintians 10:31

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  —  Collossians 3:17

Seeing these verses, and others like them, it is clear that God never intended for us to separate our lives into secular and sacred. Rather, we are to do all to the glory of God. Every act then, whatever it may be, is to be done as an act of worship to the Lord.

Another verse that should drive the point home is where Paul exhorts bond servants and their relationship to their masters. In our day we could think of this as how an employee should relate to his employer:

Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.  —  Ephesians 6:5-6

When we go through our daily routine at work, we should give our employers the same level of service as if we were working directly for the Lord.  And, by extension, when we are engaged in any of our earthly tasks, we should look to perform them as unto the Lord, glorifying Him in all that we do.

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January 23, 2014 Posted by | Faith, Godliness, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Living A Crucified Life

the-sacrifice-of-isaacWhen God wanted to prove Abraham’s obedience, what did He use?  He used was what most precious to Abraham, his only son, Isaac.

He (God) said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”  Genesis 22:2

God could have asked for 10,000 goats, and Abraham would have complied without so much as blinking an eye.  But God was not after Abraham’s possessions, He was after Abraham’s heart.  And what better way to tell whether Abraham was willing to give his heart to God than by requiring the thing that Abraham loved most?

And since the days of Abraham, nothing has changed.  God still requires the heart of every believer, given to Him without hesitation and without reservation.

Jesus said:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”   Luke 14:26

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:27

“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:33

Jesus is very clear in emphasizing what God wants from us, only now, He does not say that He wants only what is most precious, He wants everything!

Just as with Abraham, God does not expect us to sacrifice all of our possessions and relationships, but also, just as with Abraham, God does expect our willingness to sacrifice everything.  And it is not good enough to just say we are willing, God knows the deepest intentions of our heart.  He knows if we are truly willing, or if our willingness is just so much talk.

Whatever we put before God, whether it is money, or power, or possessions, or relationships, these things are taking the place of God in our hearts, and they become our idols.

But if we are Christ’s,  truly Christ’s, we have crucified the flesh as Paul says:

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24

Having crucified the flesh, all is in subjection to Jesus, our Lord and Master.

January 13, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, Spiritual Commentary | , , , , | 2 Comments