Drop the Spiritual Baggage
Updated: Jul 12, 2018
Do not separate the secular and the divine
A great misconception amongst many Christians is that there is a divide between the secular and the spiritual. Spiritual things include church, prayer meetings, Christian songs, mission trips, evangelism and reading the bible. Secular things are those that have nothing to do with God. These may include going to work, socialising with ‘non-Christian’ friends, going to amusement parks or just driving in the car, unless in the car you were listening to worship music of course.
This thinking is not only incorrect but will also lead you to being a highly ineffective Christian. You will end up feeling guilty about not doing enough for God, and at the same time not enjoying normal life.
In contrast to this incorrect thinking of separating the secular to the divine, the bible says that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. This means that everything is spiritual. You cannot but God into a box nor your faith. Godfrey Birtill wrote a song called “Are You Ready?” and the lyrics say,
“Glory in the kitchen, glory in the hall, Glory in the living room, dining room and all, Glory in the bathroom, angels sing, Glory in the bedroom, sweet sleeping, Glory in the garage, glory in the lounge, The glory of the Lord’s all over the house. Glory in the restaurant, glory in the pub, Glory in the prison, glory in the club. Glory in the shops, glory in the park, Glory in the bank and the cinema. Glory in the dentists checking out your teeth, The glory of the lord is falling in the streets. Glory on the bus, glory on the train, Glory in the car, glory on the plane. Glory when I run, glory when I hike, Glory when I swim, glory no my bike. Glory going to play, glory going to work, The glory of the lord is covering the earth.”
If you are in a ‘secular’ job and feeling frustrated about not working in full-time ministry, perhaps you need to realise that your full-time ministry is simply glorifying God in everything you do, including your job. God has called us to be all in different places doing different things and he does not want a world full of preachers and overseas missionaries.
“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31.