Theologically, I know that God is omnipresent. I have heard it from the pulpit. I’ve circled it in Bible studies. I’ve even felt the weight of that word in my own note-taking. God is everywhere, at every time, in every season. Yet somehow my soul filed away that truth as wisdom to behold, but never to experience.
So I’ve started a new practice, a new thought process, to keep me from succumbing to the sacred-secular experience that A. W. Tozer says many of us Christians practice. And what might that sacred-secular process be? In its purest essence, the sacred-secular declares some parts of our lives holier than others.
Take a normal day, for example. I wake up and begin to usher in the sacred-secular. Coffee with creamer. Secular. Time in the Word. Sacred. Preparing breakfast. Secular. Working out. Secular. Getting ready for the day while dressing little people, too. Secular. Listening to Christian music in the car. Sacred (with occasional attempts at maintaining sanity thrown in there, as well). Punching the time clock. Absolutely secular. No doubt about it. Coming home and making dinner. Secular. Praying before the meal. Sacred (if it can even be called that). Cleaning little toes and getting children ready for bed. Secular. Praying and singing with bodies snuggled close. Sacred.
We know the truth of the omnipresence of God, yet do we experience the omnipresence of His character?
We can start to taste the full weight of His glory if we use the correct tools. We begin to dwell in rich proximity with God when we take the intangible truth and give it arms and legs in our lives.
Do everything unto the glory of God.
To start chiseling away at the sacred-secular equation, we must know what scripture says. Paul exhorts us by challenging people of all backgrounds to do everything unto the glory of God. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) And he means it. The choices we make, down to the way we experience food and drink, can be used for worship in the sacred.
A slow jog in the evening can be sacred. The folding of the laundry can be a holy sacrifice. A business meeting can become sweet incense before the King. I’m not suggesting (nor is Tozer) that inserting a prayer before the meeting makes it holy ground. I’m suggesting an attitude throughout our entire day transforms it to the sacred.
We need to take to the equation thoughts that come not from a formulated prayer before our actions, but from a motivation in our heart through every action.
God is here.
As a mere human, I need help to usher in this truth. In order to get to the sweet spot of His presence in the daily business of American life, I need a tool. And since I believe in traveling light, this tool is a three-word masterpiece:
God is here.
We can lift this sword to usher in the sacred and bring His presence into the day-to-day details. By declaring these three words throughout our seemingly secular days, we slice through the mundane and suddenly find ourselves in the sacred.
We say it out loud.
Like all tools, this must be pulled out and actually put to use. In order to keep designing and building, a craftsman uses his tools by taking them out and applying them. So it is for the Christian. In declaring out loud during our everyday activities, we see His presence there.
Suddenly food has a redemptive quality. As does sex, marriage, and covenant. A quick kiss by the door and a whisper of "God is here" can do wonders for the Christian’s soul. Try it. Speaking "God is here," even in the midst of a chaotic scene between two children, can usher in a breath from the Spirit.
This practice will begin to bring a balm wherever it is applied.
Why the practice of saying it out loud? Because we all know how far our WWJD bracelets got us. Let’s be honest. We look down and see our #prayfor…. bracelet, throw heavenward a couple of words and typically move into our next “secular” activity. But when we sit at our counter and cut carrots while whispering "God is here," something changes inside of us.
Our motivation switches.
Because the truth of His omnipresence is that OMNIPRESENT comes to life. Our words remind our minds that God really is here. His proximity never leaves us because He is faithful. “I will be with you always,” Jesus declared. We simply learn to use our words to remind our brain of His nearness.
And when we chisel away at the sacred-secular in our lives by declaring three simple words, we begin to see our whole life as incense rising before our glorious Father. For He is nearer than we think and more present than we allow ourselves to experience.