The Secular and the Sacred
Jesus continues His teachings concerning His second coming.
Christians cannot compartmentalize their lives into the secular and the sacred. All truth is God's truth, and anything done for Him, whether "religious" or not, is sacred. Jesus equates loving your fellow man with loving Him. He equates serving those in need with serving Him. He equates caring for the suffering as caring for Him. You can love your fellow man without loving Christ, but you cannot love Christ without loving your fellow man. Whether you are worshiping the Lord or washing the feet of someone on skid row, it is sacred and holy work if it is done out of love for the Lord.
The praise of the Lord's children is a sacred and holy work. Join in that praise with the psalmist:
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:1-3).
Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving.
As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this confession to the Lord:
If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous.
And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins,
and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).
As you confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Therefore we make it our aim,
whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
For we must appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
that each one may receive the things done in the body,
according to what he has have done, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
- Others to see Christ in you
- The spreading of the Gospel
- Your activities for the day
- Whatever else is on your heart
Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! (Revelation 5:13)