NT Tuesday: Secular vs. Sacred

Man-O-War Cay Bahamas North Side

Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas

One of the New Testament principles is that there ought not to be a distinction between sacred and secular.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” With this declaration of truth, much has changed.

I was having a conversation recently with a younger brother, via Skype. He was in Texas and I was in Man O War Cay, Bahamas. Our conversation was partly centered on the “frustration” associated with all the “stuff” we have to do in our lives. For him it was studying, etc. and for me it was work, etc. After the conversation, I continued reading A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God.

Continued…

In the last chapter, Tozer takes up the matter that was on our hearts during that conversation. Tozer writes about mundane things of our life and how they cause us frustration. But then, he proclaimed confidently and victoriously that as believers in Christ, all that we do has eternal value and all that we do is sacred when done for the glory of God.

Now, I know we know this, but do we REALLY KNOW THIS??? From my own heart, I must confess that the answer is “NO, I don’t know this the way I should.”

I still, too often, segregate things into nice little boxes. And, I must confess, I have very little room for complaining. God has allowed my wife and I to start a business that meets our needs, provides a few extra bucks for ministry, and allows us to use the flexibility to serve the Lord in a few small ways. I am not tied to an office for 40 hours a week. Even with that opportunity, it can be frustrating to deal with daily things! But, if we (meaning I) would keep our hearts focused on 1 Cor. 10:31, whether we are making tents, preparing tax returns, meeting with clients or bankers, it can all be done for the glory of Lord Jesus.

How wonderful is that truth! How incredibly precious is that truth! And it is consistent with the earthly life of Jesus. The Father spoke from Heaven and declared that the Lord Jesus was pleasing to Him in ALL things! Jesus, Himself, declared that He did all things that pleased God. This means His carpentry work pleased God as well as His time in the Temple and certainly His time on the cross. This type of attitude requires ongoing prayer – just as our Lord was in prayer on a regular basis, we need to be doing the same, as well.

While ALL things can be done for the glory of God, NOT ALL things are equally valuable for eternity. (This is where we tend to add our own human reasoning to things). We cannot skip Bible study and play baseball unto the glory of the Lord and feel comfortable that it is equal in the eyes of God. Paul making a tent could make a tent to the glory of the Lord, but writing several epistles in the New Testament had a much larger impact on eternity than tent making.

Next week, we are going to continue this thought. Until then, fulfill your ministry and do all to the glory of God.

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