Devotional: ‘Sacred or Secular?’   


One day a boy was walking down a road and came upon a man laying bricks. “What are you doing?” the boy asked him. In an angry tone the man replied, “Can’t you see? I’m laying bricks!” The boy continued down the road and came upon another man who was also laying bricks. “What are you doing?” the boy asked him. “Oh son, I am doing something very wonderful. I’m building a cathedral for God!”

It has been said that what often determines our altitude in life is our attitude toward life. How true that is.  According to the Apostle Paul, even a simple job, if done with the right attitude, can bring great glory to God.

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:17, 23-23)

There are two terms that are often used to describe our duties in life: SACRED and SECULAR. ‘Sacred’ refers to things done specifically for the glory of God. ‘Secular’ refers to the things we do that are a part of the normal routine of life. For instance, some might say that singing in the choir on Sunday morning is ‘sacred’ and going to work on Monday morning is ‘secular.’

Yet scripture teaches us that God views everything we do as being sacred. Everything we do or say is to be done for His glory and honor.

Therefore, let’s enter this week with the attitude that everything we do is sacred before God. Let’s not just lay bricks, let’s build cathedrals!

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