Summary: Faith isn't something that is meant to be added to our lives, rather it is meant to shape every area of our lives. There are many things that will threaten to crowd out your faith. But when we try to live with one foot in the world and one foot in God's
How Dark The Dark? How Light The Light? - Matthew 6:22-23 - March 18, 2012
Series: Kingdom Life – A World Turned Upside Down #22
How many of you have seen the movie, “Forrest Gump.” If you have, you’ll remember that the main character is played by actor Tom Hanks and there’s one line he speaks in that movie that has become very well known, and it’s that line that I want your help with this morning. This is what I’m going to do: I going to begin that quote and what I want you to do, is to shout out the answer and finish that quote off for me. So here we go … “Life is a like a box of __________________?” “Chocolates,” that’s right. Tom’s character says to people, “My momma always told me that life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” It’s a great quote – life is full of surprises and you never know what’s around the next corner.
This morning though I want you to think of your life, not as a box of chocolates, but as an ice cube tray. Now, I know that’s not as exciting as a box of chocolates, not nearly as sexy, but trust me it will make for a far more useful illustration for us today. So picture your life as an ice cube tray just like the one I’ve got here. [Hold up tray for all to see.] This tray is divided into a number of compartments, isn’t it? That’s how many of us tend to live our lives - compartmentalized. In the first one we might have our finances. Anything to do with money goes into this section. Next to it we might have one labelled, ‘entertainment,’ and another labelled, ‘work,’ – others are going to be called things like, ‘friends,’ ‘marriage,’ ‘family,’ ‘recreation,’ ‘health,’ and so on. There will be others there too – ones that we might decide to call ‘faith,’ or ‘religion,’ or even our ‘God box.’ That’s where we group and put all the things that have to do with our spirituality. And we could go on and fill up all these different compartments but for now I think you get the idea.
Now picture this same tray filled with ice cubes. When those compartments are filled with ice there’s no movement from one compartment to the next. That is also how many of us live our lives. We tend to keep things separate one from another. On one side of the tray we have those boxes made up of the material, the physical things of life. On the other are those that make up the spiritual side of our lives and there’s little to no mixing between the material and the spiritual. That’s a division that many people are comfortable with. Life is neater that way. It’s easier. That way you don’t need to bring your financial stewardship into the church and you don’t need to let your faith inform your entertainment. Sunday is for church and God, and Monday through Saturday is for everything else. Life is convenient when we live it that way. But that is never how God intended our lives to be.