The Secret Of Living An Undivided Christian Life

Recently, I calculated that there are 168 hours in a week.

Then I wondered—how many of those hours does the average Christian spend in church activities?

  • Maybe 2- 3 for a weekend service
  • Another 3 for a small group activity

If you and I are extra busy, we may spend 8 hours of our week in church meetings.

That leaves 160 hours of our lives in every week.

160 hours of sleep time and wake time… between 50 and 60 hours of sleep and at least 100 waking hours.

SHOULDN’T ALL OF THAT TIME BE GOD’S? And, ‘What would it look like if we lived our daily life with Jesus?’

This is a question I ask regularly, and one that I grapple with in my book, ‘How To Be A Supernatural Christian In Your Everyday World.’


Compartmentalised Christianity

I learned early on in my life that Christianity was best kept in compartments, or boxes. Before long, I had my ‘Church-On-Sunday’ compartment, my ‘Christian Friends’ compartment, my ‘School Christian Fellowship’ compartment, my private ‘Devotional Life’ compartment—and so on.

Compartments are safe. They offend few and are acceptable to the world in general.

But compartmentalised Christianity is powerless. It doesn’t transform lives, challenge ungodly mindsets or reach desperate and lonely people with the good news about Jesus.

It’s time to explode the box.


The Undivided Christian Life

Something happened to me when I was around 13 years old that changed my perspective on life and faith.

I met a couple called Bob and Joan Leach. Bob and Joan were grandparents of a school friend. They had encountered the miraculous healing power of Jesus through the ministry of Kathryn Kuhlman and they were saved, on fire and spent their lives telling the story of what Jesus had done for them.

The most remarkable thing about Bob and Joan was that they lived an undivided Christian life.

They simply lived their daily life with Jesus.

Jesus was as present in their home as any one of us who was with them. If there was a need or a problem, it was a natural thing to pause in the moment and address Him in prayer.

Bob and Joan had remarkable spiritual gifts of healing and words of knowledge that they were as comfortable using in their home, street or supermarket as they were in church meetings.

Their example inspired me.


Jesus Lived An Undivided Life

Jesus lived the perfect example of an undivided life. He lived out of His relationship with the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit, every moment of every day.

The Gospels tell us stories of His life and ministry set against the backdrop of homes, roadsides, celebrations and in public places. When people encountered Him, their lives were changed.

I have an old journal with yellowed pages in which I wrote a summary from A.W. Tozer’s wonderful book, ‘The Pursuit of God.’ [1] In it, he wrote:

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our perfect example, and He knew no divided life…God accepted the offering of His total life, and made no distinction between act and act. “I do always the things that please him,” was His brief summary of His own life as it related to the Father.


How To Live An Undivided Christian Life

‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.’ (Rom 12:1, MSG)

It’s time to break down the divide between the sacred and the secular, between the church and the world, between our spiritual life and the ‘rest of our life.’

How can we do this? How do we explode the box and put a stop to compartmentalised Christian living?

I’m still on the journey, but here are some keys that I have discovered along the way:


1. Stop rating some aspects of your life as ‘more spiritual’ than others.

Tozer reminds us that the divide between sacred and secular, holy and unholy was instituted in the OLD TESTAMENT. Its purpose was to teach Israel of the holiness of God.

However Jesus demonstrated a different way of living, and when He died on the cross, the veil that separated humanity from the holy of holies was torn in two. [1]

The Apostle Paul said, do EVERYTHING, even eating and drinking … to the glory of GOD. (1 Cor 10:31)


2. Include God in your daily conversations.

The Hunk and I are probably like many married couples in that we find it hard to make a set time to sit down and pray together.

But we have started to develop an intentional lifestyle of including God in our everyday life. For example, if we are talking about something that is causing concern, we pause to pray about it—while we’re in the moment.

We want to break down the divide and let God loose in our everyday lives, and amazing things are happening as we do.

Maybe you don’t have a partner you can do this with, but you can do it yourself, or you might have a close friend you are journeying with who can encourage you in this.


3. Reflect on the truth that you are pleasing to the Father

Deal with the hook that keeps you trapped in compartmentalised living: the need to be accepted by people. You don’t have to perform to please people when your confidence is based in your heavenly Father’s complete acceptance.

Here are some more keys on living an undivided Christian life that I will be reflecting upon in the coming weeks as I continue discussions on ‘Paradigm Shifts That Will Rock Your World’:

4. Look for God at work in the lives of people around you every day—and partner with Him in what He is doing.


5. Take your spiritual gifts wherever you go—they are given to you, not just for ministry, but also for mission—to make a difference in your everyday world.


6. Realise that you don’t have to have a special gift to be a supernatural Christian.


Do you have any more ideas or thoughts on this topic? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

[1] A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.

For the chapter referenced in this discussion, see:

http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/tozer/5f00.0888/5f00.0888.10.htm


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8 thoughts on “The Secret Of Living An Undivided Christian Life

  1. I wholeheartedly agree Helen with living your whole life undivided. So many passionless Christians don’t realize that they have to have Christ with them 24/7 to reach the abundant life that God offer’s us. Everything will become flat and boring and a chore doing God’s work, and it’s all God’s work, if we don’t take Him along with us.

  2. Hi Pamela, I love what you say about abundant life versus passionless Christianity.
    There are different reasons why we hold back from stepping out into a whole-life commitment to Jesus. One is the awareness that it will cost us. And there is a cost…. control of our own lives for a start!
    Another reason is thinking that if we step into this kind of commitment we’ll become ‘super-spiritual’ and religious. But nothing could be more natural than living the Kingdom lifestyle that we are designed for. Unchurched people are not repelled, but drawn to our vibrant, real faith.
    And we will really know an abundant, fulfilling life!

  3. Yes you have explained very clearly what needs to happen, helen,When we walk by faith and stop compartmentalizing our christian life, like the other day at church, I stepped out in faith and prayed for someone, and she had less pain and there was more movement in her ankle, where the accident occured, if we obediently listen to the holy spirit, and rememeber to be a doer of the word not just a hearer, god can use us for his glory, it is better to give then to receive, because without god, we are nothing, and it is coming to that place in your heart to walk in the authority which christ has given us, to not allow our past to control our future and to beleive in the promise that christ has a calling and destiny for our lives, it is so good to know too that we do not have to please other people, because christ accepts us just the way we are, with no strings attached, and as we reflect on all that christ has done and is doing in the body of christ and in those who are in the world, The scripture passage Go into all the world and preach the gospel,is what god is saying to his church and as we believe that god can give us god given strategies to accomplish what he would desire to do, because we are jesus hands and feet, and it is such a privilidge to be used by god.

    • Yes, Jesus does accept us the way we are, doesn’t He–He’s so wonderful! 🙂 It is great to hear that you are stepping out and praying for people Bev, may He continue to use you in extraordinary ways.

  4. Talking to God is like he is really they with in the room when you talk to him.Talking and praying to God gives a Direct access to God which is very Real to me and a lot of other people

    Lots of Love and God’s Blessings Cathie Reinecke xo