A.W. Tozer wrote in The Pursuit of God: “One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas-the sacred and the secular. As these areas are conceived to exist apart from each other and to be morally and spiritually incompatible, and as we are compelled by the necessities of living to be always crossing back and forth from the one to the other, our inner lives tend to break up so that we live a divided instead of a unified life.” (p.109)
I would say that many that profess Christ in our culture today go as far as not only to separate the “sacred and secular” but to actually behave one way in one world and a different way in another. It has become common place for some to divide up or segment their life into “worship” that takes place on Sunday from “living” that takes place every other day. Most would probably deny such a thing if asked, because we should easily recognize this as hypocrisy. But the truth is it happens. I think many people fail to have a proper view of worship and with that a proper view of life. It’s easy to call what happens on Sunday morning worship, and it is. Many people however do not seem to see that life is meant to be lived in worship at all times. Our very lives are meant to be offered up to God in worship, this is the very essence of Christian living. The Gospel frees us from sin and to truly worship the living God. As Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 5:15, “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (ESV)
There may be no greater text to sum up the essence of living a life of worship than Romans 12:1-2. Recently I had the great privilege of preaching on life and worship from Romans 12:1-2. Feel free to visit the link below to hear the sermon.