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THOSE OTHER THINGS THAT GLORIFIES GOD: UNIFYING THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR ACTS




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 truth is our prayers, bible reading, hymn singing, fasting, church attendance etc. And other acts that spring from faith, which we presume to have no relation with this world are things that brings glory to God.

However, just as we have this sacred acts so we do, secular acts. And 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 ALL 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.



JESUS A VIVID IMAGERY OF THE FOREGOING THOUGHT 
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.

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