Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Sacrament of Living

Today's post was brought to us by guest author, Chuck Adams.

As we look more closely at bringing people closer to God, encouraging them to develop spiritual maturity, and living a life of service to Him I find good reference of how to do it in scripture and Christian writings. This morning I was reading A.W. Tozer. His subject of choice was “the sacrament of living”. The point he was making was we mistakenly segregate our daily (worldly) living from our spiritual living. We look at life with special times, places, and activities as though they are more acceptable to God than the mundane acts of everyday life. 

 We separate life into the “good” Christian activities like going to church on Sunday morning from the worldly requirement that we go to work to support our families. He emphasizes the importance of viewing “the sacramental quality of everyday living”. Scripture tells us-- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”(Col 3:23). 

 Everything we do is not of equal importance:

  “Paul’s sewing of tents was not equal to the writing of an epistle to the Romans, but both were acceptable to God and both were true acts of worship”. (A.W. Tozer) 

He also points out that every man is not as useful as every other man. Billy Graham far exceeds what most of us would expect to contribute for the sheer usefulness to the church and to the world; 

“but the service of the less gifted brother is as pure as that of the more gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure.--Let every man abide in the calling where he is called--.” (A.W. Tozer) 

 In my mind this speaks loudly as I consider where and when I follow God’s lead for my life. Where is he working and how would he have me join Him? We need to remember:

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