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.’
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.’  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. 
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.
My husband Malcolm 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.
 A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.
For the chapter referenced in this discussion, see:
© Helen Calder 2010 Enliven Publishing
Now on team with David McCracken Ministries