What does it really mean to “do all for the glory of God?” How does that manifest itself in the life of the believer? For a long time now, I have witnessed a kind of indoctrination in the churches of America, today. The kind of indoctrination that I am referring to is one that brainwashes the people of God into a kind of lull. This lull cripples us into a false sense of security. We worship God who may (or may not) give us this security and we give our tithe to this arbiter of security. We give glory, sing praises, and boast (in our own, private way) about this God of security. This mindset is particularly prevalent in the churches today, especially in western societies like America or high-honor cultures like the Korean Church.
The point that I am trying to make is the fact that we as the people of God often do not know what it means to be intentional with our lives. Our lives are compartmentalized to a point that we’ve grown accustomed to crafting two or three different identities, sometimes more. We have our Sunday lives, in which we go to church, have conversations with fellow members, give an offering, sing songs of praise and adoration during worship, listen to the pastor’s sermon (whether intentionally or half-heartedly), then go home. When Monday rolls around we are completely different people. How did we get here? How have we whittled our lives down in such a way that we’ve forgotten who we are?
We don’t like to call it compartmentalization, however. We have different language for it. Instead, we call ourselves set apart. The problem that I have with the application of this language to the issue of compartmentalization is that it violates the Scriptural backing it so desperately claims to have. Whenever Scripture talks about being set apart it refers more to the people of God being set apart from the world, as well as nations being set apart from other nations. Scripture does not separate Sunday from Monday. Neither can we claim to be able to do so.
The whole of my life has been an imperfect journey of dissolving these lines of compartmentalization firstly in my own heart then, by example, in the lives of the people around me. Growing up in a Christian home and attending church my whole life, I have been fortunate enough to find Christ early on. With the help of my parents, friends, and mentors, and after much wrestling with the Lord, I answered the call of God and started down the road toward vocational ministry. Throughout the years since then, there have been multiple instances of trial and confirmation on this path that I’d started on and today I can confidently say more than I ever could before that this road I am on is where the Lord wants me, and that He is with me.
Friends, it has not always been easy to pursue the call of God on my life, but it has always been worth it. As I listen and respond to Him, particularly as it pertains to the different places and people He is calling me to serve, I consider myself immensely fortunate to have found at an early age that which I wish to pursue with intense conviction and fervor. And while I have not completely figured it all out, at least the lines of compartmentalization between that which I desire for my life and that which the Lord desires for my life have surely been dissolved. I pray the same for any and all that read these words.