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Both Our Sacred and Secular Acts Glorify God

Sacred acts and Secular Acts Glorify God

It is not only prayers that gives glory to God, but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God glory, if believing in his grace you do it as your duty. 
To go to communion worthily, gives God great glory, but to take food in thankfulness and temperance gives Him glory too. To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a woman with a slop pail, gives Him glory too. He is so great that all things give Him glory if you mean they should. Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Some times we used to think some of the sacred acts of worship that we offer to God alone are the very things that brings glory to God. 

The Sacred Acts

The truth is our prayers, bible reading, hymn singing, fasting, church attendance, and other acts that spring from faith, which we believe to have no relation with this world are indeed things that brings glory to God.
However, just as we have this sacred acts so we do, the secular acts. 

What are Secular Acts

The secular acts includes all of the ordinary activities of life which we carry out on daily basis: eating, sleeping, working, looking after the body and performing all our dull and prosaic duties here on earth.

These things A. W Tozer says "we often do reluctantly and with many misgivings, often apologizing to God for what we considered a waste of time and strength. 
Our mind is crowded, and we are often uneasy with ourselves with the thoughts that our various secular acts are separating us from the sacred acts we performed unto God. 
(a belief system of whether we have offended God in our day to day activities comes often to our mind and fills our thoughts).
Against this belief system of whether our secular acts separates us from God do I write that we may come to the understanding that, everything we do, both sacred and secular are there to give glory to God. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Charles R. Swindoll understands the concept of secularism in glorifying God when he says " Monday-through-Friday, employment is pure, it is sacred just as sacred as your Sunday activities.

A Man In Christ: A Man Whose Sacred and Secular Acts Glorifies GOD

Acts 17:28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

We must therefore come to this understanding that, as long as we are in God, and He is in us, and as long as we continually live an abiding life in Him, all of our acts here on earth will not go without glorifying God. 

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for [His] good pleasure.

In as much as a man in God/Christ seek only to do that which pleases God, then every of his acts will definitely be sacred before the father.

John 8:28-29 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [He,] and [that] I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him."

He knew no divided life, God accept the offering of His total life and made no distinction between act and acts.

And that's the lot of every man in Christ.

On a final note; Do little things as if they were great because of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ who dwells in you; and do great things as if they were little and easy because of His omnipotence. Blaise Pascal.

How can I balance secular and sacred acts in my life?

Balancing secular and sacred acts in your life can be challenging, but it is important to find a balance that works for you. 
Some ways to do this might include setting aside time each day for prayer and Bible study, finding ways to serve others in your workplace or community, and engaging in recreational activities that align with your values and reflect God's character. 
It is also important to be intentional about how you use your time and prioritize the things that are most important to you.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the difference between secular and sacred acts?

Sacred acts are those that are directly related to God and His worship, while secular acts are those that are not specifically related to God or His worship.

Can secular acts be used to glorify God?

Yes, even secular acts can be used to glorify God if they are done with the intention of serving Him and reflecting His values.

Is it wrong to focus on secular acts rather than sacred acts?

It is not wrong to focus on secular acts as long as they are done in a way that honors God and furthers His purposes. However, it is important to also prioritize sacred acts that are specifically related to worship and spiritual growth.

Are some secular acts considered sinful?

Some secular acts may be considered sinful if they go against God's commands and values. For example, engaging in dishonest business practices or engaging in sexual immorality would be considered sinful regardless of whether they are done in a secular or sacred context.

How can I ensure that my secular acts are honoring God?

To ensure that your secular acts are honoring God, you can ask yourself questions such as "Am I treating others with love and respect?", "Am I being honest and ethical?", and "Am I using my talents and abilities to serve others?". By keeping God's values and commands in mind as you go about your daily life, you can ensure that your actions are honoring Him.

Is it necessary to prioritize sacred acts over secular acts?

While it is important to prioritize sacred acts that are specifically related to worship and spiritual growth, it is not always necessary to do so. Christians can honor God and serve others in a variety of ways, both in secular and sacred contexts.