It’s All Holy

Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills National Recreation Area, California
Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills National Recreation Area, California

When I talk to Christians about what they do with their lives, a common theme arises.  They major on talking about their overt Christian ministry, and then relegate the rest of their lives to an uncomfortable or at least “lesser” reality that is, at best, a, “well, I have to do it even if it’s not ministry.”

The Rio Grande River Gorge, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico
The Rio Grande River Gorge, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico

I have nothing against preaching the gospel, serving in soup kitchens, teaching Sunday school, working as missionaries, and so on and so forth.  If it’s what God has called you to do, then it’s the best ministry you can be doing right now.  But somehow, the church has put together a list of activities that are “holy,” and everything else takes second place as “secular.”

The High Sierras from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park, California
The High Sierras from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

Much of this is perpetuated by ministers (and this is not a rant against pastors; keep reading).  These ministers of the Gospel are called by God to serve in full-time ministry in capacities like preaching, teaching, encouraging, sharing the gospel, etc.  It’s their calling in life.  But because they have a platform, they can perpetuate the idea that their calling is the best (or in some cases, only) calling that God gives to His children.

Morning stroll in Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Morning stroll in Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Full-time church-centered ministry is not the only calling given to children of God.  In fact, He calls His people to go into all parts of society, industries, etc.  You’ve probably heard that before: After all, if everyone was in full-time ministry, who would be ministering to the “heathens” in huge companies?

Underneath Coyote National Bridge, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
Underneath Coyote National Bridge, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

I’d like to take the thought a little bit further.  What if every part of your life – from the coffee you make in the morning to your commute to work to your conversation about technical details with your boss to taking the kids to the park in the evening – what if every single part of your day was holy?  If discussing services with a client is just as holy as kneeling in worship in church on Sunday?  If washing the dishes after supper is just as holy as giving clothing to the needy?  If mowing the lawn was holy, just because God is with you and in you as you’re driving the tractor in circles?

A mountain goat near Reynolds Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana
A mountain goat near Reynolds Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana

How would you see your life if you thought of every action – every breath – as holy?  Paul told believers in Ephesians 4, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (vv. 1-2).  We are God’s holy people (1 Peter 2:9), and as such, everything we do has the potential to be holy – if only we can see it that way.  Seeing our lives as holy, from the mundane to the exceptional, allows us to live worthy of the calling of Christ instead of spending much of our days doing “secular” work.

Early sunrise on the badlands near Angel's Peak, New Mexico
Early sunrise on the badlands near Angel’s Peak, New Mexico

Some years ago, I ran across a great song called, “Find the Glory There.”  The woman singing had discovered that, “Every breath is sacred, and every task a prayer.  I embrace the smallest place, and find the glory there.”*  There’s glory and the holy in what she would call, “the altar of the commonplace.”

Black Canyon from Green Mountain, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
Black Canyon from Green Mountain, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Try it out; see what happens when you view your life as holy unto the Lord.  See what happens when you realize that every word you say and every breath you breath is filled with God because He is inside of you.  See what happens when “ministry” isn’t relegated to church or a list of activates but becomes your life – because it’s all holy.

*Pam Mark Hall, “Find the Glory There.”

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