Daily Encouragement: Day 323

Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth

NO MORE COMPARTMENTALIZATION

If we were created to please God by knowing and enjoying Him, we will never be whole and complete unless we orient our lives around Him and define ourselves in terms of our relationship with Him.

The more serious we are about this calling, the more we become aware of the tension caused by the allurements and entanglements of our earthly condition. Many believers have inadvertently resolved this tension by compartmentalizing their lives. They do this by treating their relationship with Christ as a component of their lives along with other components, such as family, work, and finances. This compartmentalization fosters a dichotomy between the secular and the spiritual. The biblical alternative is what I call “holistic spirituality”—the centrality of Christ and His relevance to every aspect of our lives, even the most mundane parts.