Avoiding Compartmentalized Christianity
Much of our lives is compartmentalized. We have work, church, family, friends, civic duties and other activities. Rarely do many of these cross paths with one another. I think it’s our way of coping with the unrealistic pace of our lives.
If we aren’t careful we can fall into the trap of treating our relationship with God as another event or activity, rather than as a real relationship. Your relationship with God is not built in a day, but is developed in the day in and day out of life.
We say things like, “I had my quiet time today” or “I had a good devotional time this morning.” While this is important, this mindset often leaves God out the rest of the day.
I’ve been married for almost 15 years. (Wow! The time has flown by.) My wife hasn’t changed much, she’s still smart and beautiful. If I only talked to her a few minutes in the morning and ignored her the rest of the day our relationship would be in bad shape. My wife occasionally reminds me that she believes in, “Until death do us part.” This means she would kill me before we divorced. I think this is one of the reasons our marriage has been so successful!
If we treated our spouses like we do God I wonder how long the relationship would last? It’s no wonder why much of the Christianity in America is weak and shallow. We’ve relegated God to another time slot in our day, but we don’t see him until our next appointment together.
What would happen if you tried to live your life as if every part of your day was spent with God? How would this effect how you talk to God or spend time with him?
Also, how would this transform how you work? How would this change how you spent time with your family or how you interacted with others?
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir