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Summary: I want to help us confront a division that is so natural it can influence our lives more than we know… the division between what we perceive as spiritual and secular… between what we deem spiritually relevant and spiritually irrelevant… between what

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Integrating God in All of Life

(Intro: A division (dichotomy) that needs to die)

Let me begin this morning by presenting a few questions… just to stir our thinking:

• Where are you most likely to be honoring God… here on Sundays… or Monday at work?

• Do you sense any real spiritual significance in your work? … neighborhood? … sleep?

• Is praying more spiritual than playing? Is God involved in one more than the other?

For most of us… those questions may have stretched our perspective a little bit…

> because we have divided up our lives in ways never intended… and more importantly…

ways that aren’t real.

I want to help us confront a division that is so natural it can influence our lives more than we

know… the division between what we perceive as spiritual and secular… between what we

deem spiritually relevant and spiritually irrelevant… between what is part of the “Christian life”

and everything else.

There is a false division of life… even if unclear or unconscious… that can cause us to

compartmentalize and confine our spiritual growth. The result is that…

• We deem full time ministers and missionaries to have the only spiritual vocations.

• Our spiritual lives become less dynamic and daily… and become safely divided…. but

strangely divided.

 We sense we are living two lives.

For 166 of the 168 hours in the week we lose our sense of God’s interest and involvement.

> This morning…I want to help us think about all the other aspects and activities of our lives …

about integrating God into all of our life.

Beginning a series entitled “INTEGRATE: Spirituality in Everyday Life.”

Today… start with the underlying foundations and formation of an integrated spiritual life.

We see in this tendency throughout history…

From the start… God called people to special times of dedicated activities… but over time these

activities that were called upon to convene or culminate God’s relationship with His people…

began to capture it… and in the minds of people… their awareness of God was so focused on such

times… that people grew to divide what we would deem the ‘religious’ activities from all others.

Mastered by the religious leaders…. And still today… those called to pastoral leadership, such

as myself, can perpetuate.

It’s a tendency we all have to face.

Most of us develop a relative comfort knowing how to engage in our corporate worship of

God… and the activities that are involved when gathered. But the truth is that we’re often less

clear on how to integrate the commitment to Christ into the rest of our week,,, and all the various

roles and activities.

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This tendency can certainly ease of lot of tensions… because it’s simpler and safer to focus on the

familiar. If I tend to keep my sense of spiritual life focused on that which I engage in when we

gather…

The challenges and compromises I make in the rest of my life may not be so significant.

I can probably enjoy a lot more confidence that I’m doing well here… than if I were to focus on

how my spiritual life is lived out during the rest of my life… how it might be experienced and


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