Compartmentalizing Your Life


One of the most enlightening sermons I ever heard came from Pastor Rocky at Lifesong Family in Lewisburg Tn., when I used to attend there. It was a message on compartmentalizing our life. He stretched this idea into a series of messages and he had a chest of drawers on stage to help visualize his point. Each Sunday he’d pull out a drawer and show how we compartmentalized our life. In some drawers even they were compartmentalized. For instance in one drawer he may have work yet broken up to break room and office.

I quickly realized I was compartmentalizing my relationship with Jesus. What does that mean? It means I was one way at church, one way at work, one way at home, one way with certain friends, one way with family and I was never the same person that Jesus knows me as in every situation of life.

We all do it or have done it. We play the Jesus freak at church, the work horse at work, the prideful strong husband at home, the weak humble man in the boss’ office, the joker at the parties and when someone sees us from another area of our life, they can’t believe they’re seeing this side of us they never have before.

What’s worse is not being the image of Jesus in all we do. When we compartmentalize our life we sometimes leave Jesus at church and not bring Him to work. We laugh at the dirty jokes and even tell one or two ourselves. We hammer on the weak worker who can’t pull his weight. We scream at the vending machines for taking our money.

We compartmentalize our life at home. Men don’t lead the household spiritually. Women don’t help their husbands with respect. We trash talk our kids and call them stupid because of their lack of interest in school and laziness.

At the parties we over drink even though we know where to draw the line. We over eat because the food at Thanksgiving it too dang good to let it go to waste. We spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need at Christmas time. We become bad stewards of our money and bodies when we celebrate.

In every area of our life there is room and need for Jesus yet we leave Him at the church building. Just recently I was talking to a lady and she had told her friend that she prays for him every Sunday. I called her out on it. I asked her if she thinks God is only in the business of listening to prayers on Sunday mornings.

Bottom Line

Quit compartmentalizing your life. If Jesus is in you, He is always in you. Not just at church. Be the Jesus everyone needs to see at all times, not just when it makes you feel good to be Jesus. Allow Jesus to permeate every crevice of your life, not just on Sunday mornings.

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Associate Pastor of GraceLife Church, author of Faith Debugged, musician and baseball enthusiast

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