One of the great challenges of Christendom is the intersection of the spiritual man with everyday life.
It is easier for us to compartmentalize. For instance, we wake up, have some measure of devotional or quiet time with God. It seems simple: our spirit intersects with God. Our mind and body join and it seems like we can host The Holy Spirit in a holy way. All is well.
But bringing that same abiding presence into our day might be likened to getting off to work. We kiss our loved ones goodbye, jump in the car, go down our driveway. So far, this experience is a breeze. There is no one nixing our efforts to merge on the freeway yet. No speed traps. No glaring early-morning sun in our eyes. We are still in our driveway. So we pull out onto the street. In my case, it’s 55 mph state road and someone is immediately hugging my tale because my need to get to work intersected with their efforts to break the sound barrier because they are late for work.
Once at the plaza, I need to find a parking space. When that’s accomplished, I have a long day ahead of me with patients in the exam room and those in the waiting room. There are a phone calls on top of all that. The Fed Ex man is waiting impatiently for our packages. A 99 year-old woman is slowing things down a bit. I do not want to rush her, but others are waiting.
I have a meeting to go to after work...
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: It's easy to lose the joy and wonder experienced during a devotional time once our spirit-man intersects with the pressures of a day. Yet, a great deal of what was established during that quiet-time with God was for the very purpose of making us Jesus-in-the-flesh for others. This is the great intersection of Christendom.
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us….So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it…Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV), Revelation 3:3 (NASB), John 12:26 (NASB)