Melvyn Tan
December 13, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

How To Integrate Your Worldly Life With Your Spiritual One

[blockquote source=”Obadiah 1:15 (NIV)“]The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.[/blockquote] Police and Thief One of the games we played when we were little was “police and thief”. The game involves one “police” and the […]

[blockquote source=”Obadiah 1:15 (NIV)“]The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.[/blockquote]

Police and Thief
One of the games we played when we were little was “police and thief”. The game involves one “police” and the rest as “thieves”. The goal of the “police” was to catch as many thieves as possible, while at the same time guarding the “police station”.

No matter who I play the game with, everyone wants to be the “police” even though it involves a great deal of running and chasing the “thieves”.

Spiritual and Worldly Lives
That’s much like how we see the two lives as Christians, spiritual and worldly lives. The spiritual life is like the “police”, and the worldly life is like that of the “thieves”.

Because of the original sin, we’d always be hiding from God our sins, iniquities, and transgressions. It is like how we would always be running from the “police”.

Unless we confess and repent, we’d also be running for much of our lives. Doing so will not only wear us out unnecessarily, but in the end, God’s will will always prevail.

Dichotomy?
As Christians, one of our greatest struggle is to reconcile our worldly life with our spiritual one. At times they seems like poles apart. It appears as if when we go into the marketplace, we tend to put the spiritual life aside.

There appears to be a dichotomy. Or is there?

How To Align
I used to struggle with these two worlds; seeing them as mutually exclusive. There would be times where I would question how does helping schools with their strategies and staff management align with the spiritual world?

I would also sometimes question how does reading of the Bible help me do my work better or help me become a better person?

And does it mean that if I want to pursue my spiritual goals, must I sacrifice my worldly goals? Does it mean that if I want to pursue my spiritual goals, I must study theology and become a pastor in order to spread the message?

Prayer

Father, as I lay my head down tonight, I pray that You’d forgive me for my sins for I have fallen short. In Christ name I pray, Amen.