Oftentimes when we think of serving the Lord in ministry and with our lives, we divide our lives into two categories–into those things which concern the Lord and those things which do not concern the Lord. In this, we effectively set ourselves as judges over our lives, and we divide our lives into that which we believe is sacred and that which we believe is not. This division of our lives into the sacred and the unsacred stems from a view of God that esteems him as lofty and transcendent and who only concerns himself with the “big” matters of our lives. For this reason, we prepare ourselves spiritually when we do such things as go to church services, aide the needy, and share the Gospel, but we often neglect our spirituality when we cut the grass, watch television, and eat food. For we believe and think that we know the God we serve, and we believe that he is too busy running the Universe and saving souls to be concerned about the manner in which we cut our grass.
This estimation of God that produces such a division in our lives, rather than being a lofty estimation, is in fact low estimation. For we view God as one who is constantly running about, tirelessly fighting the Adversary and strenuously beckoning men to himself, rather than he who is seated on high and who controls the world by the Word of his mouth. And as such, our God is not merely the God of Good and of Salvation, but he is the God of the birds and the hairs upon our head, and neither the bird nor the hairs upon our head live or grow or die or fall apart from his Word (cf. Mt. 10:29, 30). And our God does not merely ordain the beginnings and ends of all things, but he holds all things together so that nothing can claim a moment of existence apart from him (cf. Col. 1:17).
For this reason, all things are sacred, for God is “over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:6). And it is for this reason that the apostle Paul exhorts the church at Corinth, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1Cor. 10:31). For if God governs all things and holds all things together by the power of his Word, there is nothing, no matter how small or insignificant, that is truly small and insignificant and thereby exempt from spiritual worship to God.
And it is for this reason that the apostle exhorts the church at Rome, “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rm. 12:1). For, because of the God we serve and his dominion and sustenance of all things, we cannot divide a portion of our lives into service unto God and another not, but we must present our bodies–our entirety–as a sacrifice unto God. The imagery is inescapable, for if one were called to offer his body as a sacrifice, it by necessity is a call to give up everything for that sacrifice, for his life would end upon that sacrifice. Likewise, we are called to give up our bodies as a sacrifice, but we are called to give it as a living sacrifice. The meaning is that as a real bodily sacrifice would necessitate the giving up of everything, so our living sacrifice unto God is our giving up of everything in our lives unto his service.
And what is the nature of this living sacrifice we are to give? It is to make all that we do in our bodies, no matter how great or how small, “holy and acceptable to God.” It is the making of all that we do sacred and set apart unto God, and it is the making of all we do an act of spiritual worship. For worship is not to be contained in some hour on Sunday mornings or on Wednesday nights, but it is to be contained in every breath we breathe and every step we step. Therefore, all things, whether it is attending a Sunday morning worship service or mowing our lawns, or preaching the Gospel or watching a television program, should be done from the mindset of worship and of holiness unto God. For our God is not a petty God who sets his stake upon that which we esteem as big, but he is a great God who spins every atom that exists to the end of his glory and our good.