Prayerfully, I have been trying to pursue my passions. I do not want to toss aside the gifts God has given me. I do not want to waste life and not fully live. These are the most typical statements, but I find it interesting how difficult this comes for me.
I find myself often believing the lie that if the activity I am doing is not particularly “useful” or blatantly “spiritual”, then it cannot be pleasing to God.
However, God is kindly showing me He delights in all I do. Even seemingly mundane actions, when I do them to glorify Him. On the contrary, nothing is ordinary when Christ lives in us.
As A.W. Tozer writes in the Pursuit of God, “Long Held habits do not die easily. It will take intelligent thought and a great deal of reverent prayer to escape completely the sacred-secular psychology.
For instance, it may be difficult for the average Christian to get hold of the idea that his daily labors can be performed as acts of worship acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. The old antithesis will crop up in the back of his head sometimes to disturb his peace of mind.
Nor will that old serpent, the devil, take all this lying down. He will be there in the cab or at the desk or in the field to remind the Christian that he is giving the better part of his day to the things of this world and allotting to his religious duties only a trifling portion of his time. And unless great care is taken, this will create confusion and bring discouragement and heaviness of heart.”
“Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there”.
I want to believe this in my daily routine of eating, drinking, driving and conversing.
I also want to steward the passions He has given me, and believe in faith that He accepts them, and created me for a purpose.
Tozer also writes, “It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
I want to find God in the smallest things. In the quietest moments. I want to find him in my eating, drinking, driving and daily conversations. I want to believe I really can perform no common act.
For me, it requires courage to do this. I am praying God helps me believe everything we do is “incense to Him”, as one friend put it.
I want to be a part of all He gave Himself for.
“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (John 10:10).