Paul writes in Colossians 2.6, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.”
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” We’ve all seen the commercials and have heard those words from time to time. But stop and think for a moment about what those words imply.
Hey, you want to cheat on your spouse in Vegas? No problem, it all stays there. Want to gamble away all your savings? Vegas will never tell. Want to party till you puke? Fine. The smell will never make it to your home. So people who live by this slogan are saying that it’s okay, even desirable, to live one way in Vegas, then another way at home.
This is not the life we were created and meant to live. And I fear that, for Christians, too many live out their faith in a similar way. “What happens at home, stays at home.”
This reveals a weak, shallow, empty faith that attracts guilt, and frankly, is a lousy way to live. It’s a compartmentalized faith – a pick-and-choose lifestyle in which a person basically wanders between a Christlike life and a Christless life. Typically, such a person chooses to live God’s way when the church lights are on and Christian friends are looking, but behind closed doors, when no eye can see him, all bets are off.
Max Lucado writes, “Secret sin on earth is open scandal in heaven.” There are no secrets you can keep from God. God is everywhere!
I love what the Psalmist writes, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” (Psalm 139.7-8 ESV) There are a lot of Christians who believe that living for God means not blowing it in big areas of life: committing adultery, stealing money, murder—that kind of thing.
A non-compartmentalized, fully integrated faith, means obedience in the small areas too.
Things like your thought life, speaking kind words, and the call to follow God’s way. It’s what we think at night when no one is around. It’s that extra jab we do (or don’t) let lie when we have an argument with a friend or spouse. It’s the degree to which we keep (or lose) our cool while fighting traffic.
So what’s the solution? It’s living life with a topped off and spiritually refueled body every day.
It’s denying self, picking up your cross, and following Him daily! When we’re consistent in connecting with God, our hearts are full, and we’ll desire to live a consistent (non-compartmentalized) faith.
So, how are you living your life? Today, take time to refuel, by stopping, by being quiet, and by making a connection with God. This can take seconds or hours, and it can take place anywhere and at any time.
In His Hands,