Sacred or Secular?

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Here’s a quick quiz for you!

I’ve got a little quiz for you. (The answer will follow) Take a couple of minutes and separate these activities into “Sacred” or “Secular.” Don’t overthink each one.


 Personal devotions …. Mowing the lawn … Driving to church … Being in church …Washing the car … Your occupation … Writing thank you notes … Coaching soccer …Attending a Christian concert … Washing floors … Enjoying a sporting event … Treating your in-laws with love and respect

OK, now for the correct answer. If that exercise took more than two seconds, you probably got the answer wrong.

When the Apostle Paul said, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new …” (II Corinthians 5:17 KJV) he was saying that the ‘new you’ is to be all sacred. Not a combination of the two!

When we think in terms of some activities being sacred or holy and others not, we are setting ourselves up to ‘miss the mark.’ The Apostle went on to say that whether we’re eating, drinking or whatever we’re doing, it should be bringing glory to God. (I Corinthians 10:31)

“This is God’s and this is mine”  thinking is what typically gets us into trouble! If truth be known, the activities and behavior of our lives when we’re in the ‘this-is-mine/secular mode’ are the very things that knock us off course.

When I’m doing anything for God’s glory, it’s very difficult for selfishness to break into the equation. When it’s ‘for Him’, grandstanding doesn’t occur. When I’m living all out for Him, my flesh and its desires are held at bay.

This week ask God to help you stay ‘sacred’ in all the activities of your life. And if they don’t fit there and God won’t get glory in them? That’s the easiest answer of all … they’ve got to go!


May you experience great joy on your journey!



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